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Carabao Cup not under threat from Champions League reforms - EFL chief Parry - The Athletic

The Carabao Cup will not be under threat as a result of the Champions League's upcoming reforms, according to EFL chairman Rick Parry.UEFA will make...

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The Carabao Cup will not be under threat as a result of the Champions League's upcoming reforms, according to EFL chairman Rick Parry.

UEFA will make changes to Europe's elite club competition from 2024, with the group stage expanding to 36 teams. Under the new "Swiss model", each team will play either eight or 10 matches, depending on the outcome of further discussions, in the group stage.

That means more midweek games before Christmas — the window in which the majority of the Carabao Cup games take place.

UEFA's president Aleksander Ceferin has previously suggested the competition should be scrapped to help with fixture pile-ups.

England is one of few nations with two domestic cup competitions involving top-level sides.

However, Parry told the BBC: "I don't think the future of the competition is under threat.

"But it's whether we look at the time-tabling of it. Whether, for example, we have to consider single leg semi-finals. Whether we have to look at the teams that clubs in Europe field.

"If discussions around the future of the EFL Cup are part of the broader discussion around redistribution and governance, so be it. But they can't take place in isolation. They have to be part of the total package."

Liverpool won this year's edition of the Carabao Cup and have reached the FA Cup and Champions League finals. They are still also in the mix for the Premier League.

Parry added: "We are realistic. We clearly know 2024 is coming. UEFA doesn't really like League Cups. We are pretty much unique now in terms of major leagues."

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