A free draw and replays will remain cornerstones of the FA Cup, according to Football Association general secretary Alex Horne.

He said the game's national governing body, which itself celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, was always considering ways to ensure the competition remained relevant, with the Premier League and the Champions League appearing to carry more importance for the biggest clubs.

"Our view is that there are absolute fundamentals in the cup and one of those fundamentals is the free draw," he said. "The absolute tradition around the ability of a club to be picked at home, away - against a big club or against a small club, we think tinkering with that would be a mistake."

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