The Carabao Cup may not have the same reputation as its older sibling the FA Cup, which is regarded as the more prestigious of the two tournaments in England, but it is nevertheless a major top-flight trophy.The competition was first held in 1960–61 as the Football League Cup, and is one of the three top-tier domestic football competitions in England alongside the Premier League and FA Cup. From 1981 to the present (minus 2016-17, when it was just named the EFL Cup), the League Cup has attracted title sponsorship – typically from drinks companies – which means, unlike the FA Cup, the League Cup has been named after its sponsor. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The League Cup has gone through many different sponsorship iterations, with it currently known officially as the Carabao Cup due to the energy drink sponsoring the tournament.Carabao has been sponsoring the competition since 2017.From 1960–61 to 1980–81, the competition had no sponsor, with it just known as the League Cup.Additionally, until 2016, the tournament was named the English Football League Cup (EFL Cup) instead of the League Cup, following the rebranding of the Football League to the English Football League.EFL Cup former namesPrior to Carabao’s sponsorship of the tournament starting from 2017, the competition was simply called the EFL Cup (2016-17), the Capital One Cup (2012-13 to 2015-16), the Carling Cup (sponsored by Molson Coors/Carling from 2003-04 to 2011-12), the Worthington Cup (sponsored by Worthington’s from 1998-99 to 2002-03), and the Coca-Cola Cup (from 1992-93 to 1997-98).Further previous name iterations and sponsors included the Littlewoods Challenge Cup and the Milk Cup (which was its first ever sponsor). Years Sponsor Competition Name Trophy 1960-61 to 1980-81 No main title sponsor Football League Cup Original 1981-82 to 1985-86 Milk Marketing Board Milk Cup Sponsor designed 1986-87 to 1989-90 Littlewoods Littlewoods Challenge Cup Sponsor designed 1990-91 to 1991-92 Rumbelows Rumbelows Cup Original 1992-93 to 1997-98 Coca-Cola Coca-Cola Cup Original 1998-99 to 2002-03 Worthington’s Worthington Cup Original 2003-04 to 2011-12 Molson Coors/Carling Carling Cup Original 2012-13 to 2015-16 Capital One Capital One Cup Original 2016-17 No main title sponsor EFL Cup Original 2017-18 to present Carabao Carabao Cup Original
Daniel Webb from the Melbourne-based Human Rights Law Centre said fundamental problems with the policy remained.“A transition to an open centre (is) an important and hard-won improvement, but letting people go for a walk does not resolve the fundamental problems caused by indefinitely warehousing them on a tiny remote island,” he said.“The men, women and children on Nauru need a real solution — settlement in a safe place where they can rebuild their lives.“Instead they’re being left languishing in an environment that is clearly unsafe for women and children.” Adeang said Australia was assisting the transition to an open centre, including providing more police support and suitable health care for the asylum-seekers.Under the plan, the number of community liaison officers will be increased from 135 to 320 to help asylum-seekers, who come from countries including Iran and Sri Lanka, settle in the country of 10,000.The Australian government welcomed Nauru’s announcement, saying more limited open arrangements had been in place at the camp since February, allowing some detainees to leave the centre unescorted during agreed hours on certain days. The Nauru RPC was set up as part of Canberra’s hardline asylum-seeker policies under which those arriving on people-smuggling boats are not held in Australian territory.Another camp is located on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island. “The start of detention-free processing is a landmark day for Nauru and represents an even more compassionate programme, which was always the intention of our government,” Justice Minister David Adeang said. It also promised to process all outstanding refugee claims for those living in the centre — about 600 of them — within a week. “We also welcome the news that the Nauruan government has undertaken to finalise the remaining refugee claims that have been under consideration for some time,” Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said in a statement. Nauru announced Monday that asylum-seekers at an Australian immigration camp on the Pacific island, including those from Sri Lanka, will no longer be locked up, saying they will instead be free to roam around the tiny nation.The Nauru government said the Regional Processing Centre (RPC) had been converted into an “open centre”, giving its inhabitants freedom of movement, the AFP news agency reported. Dutton said Canberra was committed to the regional processing arrangements.“We will continue to support the government of Nauru… to deliver settlement services to refugees,” he added.Refugee advocates, who allege abuses, including rape, have occurred on the island, said the change was an 11th-hour move that coincided with an Australian court case this week challenging the legality of Canberra’s policy.