UEFA president tells English FA they have to scrap League Cup

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has told The Times that "it would be better for everyone" if the League Cup was scrapped in England.

With mounting concerns over fixture congestion for some of the country's top clubs, Ceferin says that the FA should reconsider their "traditionalist" stance on a tournament that was first held in the 1960/61 season.

Manchester City picked up the Carabao Cup for the third successive season on Sunday when they beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the final at Wembley .

They have now won the competition five times in the last seven years, taking their overall tally to seven successes, one behind Liverpool who have the most with eight.

But clubs in both the Premier League and Football League have often used the tournament to field young, untested players, with the competition considered to be down their list of priorities compared to league combat, European football and the FA Cup.

Liverpool opted to field an under-23 team in their quarter-final tie against Aston Villa this season while the first-team were away at the Club World Cup, while City made eight changes for their final win over Villa at the weekend.

Amid suggestions that the Champions League could be expanded in the coming years, Ceferin says that England should follow other examples and scrappy their secondary cup competition.

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