Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Ferguson condemns 39th game plan

Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken out against proposals to play a 39th Premier League game in Asia. The Manchester United manager is in Japan for Fifa’s Club World Cup, with his team facing a semi-final on Thursday and possible final on Sunday.
“I don’t think there will ever be a 39th game and I don’t believe there should be,” said Ferguson.
“I am not in favour of it. You look at our domestic programme allied to our cup competitions – it is impossible.”
The Premier League proposal for an extra fixture to be played abroad was first mooted last spring but drew widespread opposition from the football community. At the time, Ferguson was furious with the way in which the news leaked out before clubs had been properly consulted.
The Football Association, Fifa and Uefa all rejected the idea, as did many fans, and Asian football chiefs argued it would adversely affect their own competitions.
Since then, the Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed bin Hamman appears to have thawed in his attitude to the idea, stating that it has some merit and Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore believes the thought process behind the idea is beginning to be understood.

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