The FA admits fixture scheduling needs major rethink after Uefa gives go-ahead to Arsenal v Hull replay

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Arsenal had to ask Uefa for special treatment in order to fit in a replay against Hull (Source: Getty)

The Football Association (FA) has admitted it needs to re-think the English football fixture list, following criticism from Premier League managers over the number of games their teams are required to play.

Uefa had to grant special dispensation to allow Arsenal to play an FA Cup replay against Hull on Tuesday 8 March, on the same night as a number of Champions League fixtures.

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The rearranged fixture means Arsenal will play two games a week for a month.

"It is imperative we resolve the on-going problem of match scheduling together," said FA chief executive Martin Glenn.

"Fixture scheduling is an issue for the whole game so let's build upon the productive conversations we have held with the Premier League and Football League and call upon Uefa to join the discussion to create clear, workable guidelines for the benefit of all.

"This will help our teams in the pursuit for trophies; enable fans to fully enjoy and access all the matches their teams participate in and allow broadcast partners to maximise the TV rights they have purchased."

Proposals to scrap FA Cup replays have been reportedly discussed by Premier League and FA representatives as a way to improve fixture congestion.

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed his astonishment at the fixture list's demands on Premier League clubs since arriving in England last year, arguing they play "too many games" for the national team to succeed.

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