WHAT do Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and a Morrisons in North London all have in common?
They’ve all played host to a Carabao Cup draw, with the energy drinks company surprising everyone except John Barnes by announcing this year’s first round ties will be chosen in a supermarket.
Why is the Carabao Cup first round draw being held in a Morrisons?
THE Morrisons in question is a Colindale branch near the Home of Football.
It has been chosen as a way of bringing the formalities back to more humble surroundings after a number of controversial overseas draws.
In 2017, officials were left red-faced when a technical hitch delayed the quarter-final broadcast by over two hours – before a pre-recorded version of the draw was uploaded to Carabao’s social media.
Earlier that season, the first round draw descended into farce when its live Facebook video started with no sound and then crashed after the first club was pulled from the bag.
And during the second round draw, teams were pulled out of the hat twice which led to mass confusion.
Carabao has taken on-board the criticism of the last couple of years and has chosen to bring the draw back to Blighty – with organisers hoping fans going about their weekly big-shop will watch things unfold live.
John Luck, CMO of Intercarabao UK, said: “We sell lots of our great tasting low sugar energy drinks in supermarkets, so we thought why not let football fans watch the draw whilst stocking up on Carabao?
“Even better still, we’re delighted that it means we can continue to keep the Cup as inclusive as possible by giving fans the chance to come along to watch live.”
Ray Parlour will join Barnes in drawing the balls out of the hat, with ties set to played in the week commencing August 12, 2019.
Former Arsenal legend Parlour explained: “I always enjoy watching the Carabao Cup so it’s great to be involved in the Round One draw.
“Hosting the draw in a supermarket as fans go about their daily lives provides them with a great opportunity to engage with the competition and I can’t wait to see who will be crowned Carabao Cup winners this season.”
How can I watch it?
THE draw is all set for Thursday, June 20.
Things get underway at 7pm BST.
You can stream via the Carabao Cup Facebook page.