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EPL: Premier League reveals why clubs may abandon Carabao Cup, discloses plans for foreign players

ENGLAND – New Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters has hinted that some top clubs in the top flight may dump the Carabao Cup because of mooted changes to the Champions League that could add four extra games each season.

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“In the end, there isn’t enough space [in the calendar],” he said.

“It’s not an absolute that if somehow the shape of the European competitions changes, the Carabao Cup is terminally damaged.

“There are some clever fixture people out there that may be able to slot the thing together. But I think it would fundamentally alter its trajectory,” he said, according to Mailonline.

He also said the Premier League will lobby during Brexit negotiations with the Football Association for top clubs to be allowed 16 foreign players in their 25-man squads.

The FA want as many as 12 home-grown players per squad and as few as 13 ‘foreign’ players.

Home Grown Players accounted for 47 percent of Premier League starts this season

The Premier League chief explained further that the logic in wanting up to 16 foreign players is that data shows this number is found in the world’s best teams.

“There’s no reason why that system can’t be reviewable over time, so you measure the success of the system over time and, if it isn’t working, the system corrects itself.

“I think if we can create a model like that, that is acceptable for both parties, that’s a model worth pursuing,” he said.

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