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A worrying report on BBC Sport today suggests the money greedy men who run the Premier League might be looking to take OUR teams global with some ties being played abroad.

Apparently at a meeting in London the 20 clubs agreed to 'explore' the chance of extending the season to 39 games with some played abroad. What? Expand the games, the same games that the managers contstantly moan are too many already?

The PL is now being looked at as a brand or even a franchise as opposed to something there for the fans. How far will it go before they realise there is only so far fans can be pushed?


The BBC claim the 10 extra games would go to the highest bidders and the teams to play would be drawn with the top five teams seeded. Oh ffs, sod off and leave and frigging game alone.

The changes, if given the go ahead, could be there for the 2010/11 season.

The co-chairman of the Football Supporters Federation told the BBC:

'I'm fairly confident in predicting that the overwhelming majority of football supporters will be totally opposed to this proposal. This is yet another case of the Premier League threatening the tradition of our game simply to follow money. What I want to do is put a challenge to the Premier League to abandon this completely if the majority of supporters turn out to be against it. The idea that teams can play a league game in a place where their supporters won't be able to go and watch them will be totally opposed by the vast majority of supporters.'

Must admit, that for me could well be the straw that breaks the camels back, it is bad enough we have to go and watch OUR teams play at stupid times - for instance this weekend the Newcastle United fans have to be down at Villa Park for a 12:45pm kick off, but if they take OUR teams abroad as well, sod it, no chance!

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 7 2008

Time: 3:30PM

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i think it is ridiculous......*****in 39 games !!!! whats that all about how does it become fair if say us and Everton are on equal points after 38 games and then they draw derby as their foreign game and we draw Man U (which of course we would).....and waht about season tickets, the price better no go up because of a stupid game that probably wont be able to reach as it is in deepest darkest Gambia or somthing......................arrarfjbjkgebnawigb;gnhgo; sorry m,ad about this its ridiculous !!!!
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07/02/2008 15:37:00

Its not April 1st yet but this must be a joke. Then again they can have some of Wigan's home games as there are never any fans there anyway.
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07/02/2008 15:42:00

Not fair if 1 team gets 2 away games rather than 1 home and 1 away. Would have to be every team has at least 2 games abroad 1 for each. Totally unwiorkable. There would be jetlag to contend with and the team you play next would have an advantage etc.
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07/02/2008 15:45:00

Lunacy. Grass roots footie is becoming more desirable in my eyes. Bromsgrove Rovers anyone? It futures bright, the futures lower league football.
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07/02/2008 16:08:00

Whatever happened to clubs complaining about their prcious players playing too many games and they're too tired blah, blah, blah? Oh, the chairmen have a solution, let's give them more games and cart them off half way around the world, great idea. Greed is eating this game, but this will be the final straw, if this goes through, the bottom will fall out of the Premiership, as fans we put up with a hell of a lot of *****. This will be the straw that breaks the camel's back and in ten years, when the Premiership is on its knees, they'll beg for us back.
Little Dutch
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07/02/2008 16:09:00

I live in Ireland and would love to see Villa play in Croke Park. If Villa want to become a global brand then maybe this is the future. For me to see Villa 3 times a year is probably what it costs local fans for a season ticket. I would love to get to Villa Park more often but its too expensive and even harder now to book early for cheap tickets because kick off times get changed. Maybe keep 38 games but your game against the same opposition are both played abroad, with no fixture for a week after these games to give players a chance.
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07/02/2008 16:25:00

Just a case of management trying to justify their own jobs. I've seen it so many times in industry, a new management team comes in and changes everything, they are then replaced and everything gets changed again, usually back to what it was before. They all want to make their mark and feel that if they are not changing things people will not notice what a good job they are doing. If it aint broke, don't fix it!
Villain Of The North
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07/02/2008 16:47:00

Having made my previous point, if Villa want to boost their image in Southern Norway.......... :oP
Villain Of The North
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07/02/2008 16:56:00

Bromsgrove Rovers!!No chance...Redditch United all the way ;-)
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07/02/2008 17:40:00

der is an announcement on sky sports saying that teams can have seven substitutes from next season! that is at least one good thing thgat they have decided on today
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07/02/2008 18:18:00

Its the money that matters, highest bidders it's a sucessful business, why do you think Sunderland have spent silly money on a keeper? they are desperate to stay in the league cos of the big money thats on offer. A lot of brands are global and unfortunatly I can see it happening , if there is demand, what the customer wants the customer gets, but at a very high price.
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07/02/2008 18:21:00

Absolute rubbish!! Could well be the final nail int he coffin in football as we know it. All these countries have tv deals to watch the EPL and that should be enough! Only one thing its about £££££$$$$$$$!!! What a joke!!
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07/02/2008 18:29:00

I'm amazed that so many fans are against it when we are all yearning for AV to be playing in Europe. One game a year in places like South America or even Russia would surely be good to advertise the name Aston Villa, with all sorts of possible benefits-we might even sign a plyer or two, who knows. Would be even better if all the proceeds could be "ring-fenced" for "grass-roots" development of the game in the UK.
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07/02/2008 18:50:00

The Premiership would do very well to learn a lesson from Serie A. The Italian clubs became consumed by greed too and crazy, selfish decisions similar to these resulted in the bottom falling out of Serie A. Now even clubs like Milan and Juve play to half empty stadiums. Developing a brand is all very well, but you have to look after the bread and butter, that means the people who come to the stadium, but the tickets, the programmes, the burgers and visit the club shop afterwards. If you ***** all over these people you create an irreconcilable problem. Without full stadiums, clubs get less income, which means they don't get the best players, the quality of the league drops off, foreign interest evaporates and TV deals from across the globe become less lucrative and the Premiership collapses, all because of the greed of laughable proposals such as this.
Little Dutch
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07/02/2008 19:12:00

Beefy10, 7 substitutes? That's good? We don't have a big enough squad to fill the subs bench if we are allowed 7 substitutes!!!
Villain Of The North
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07/02/2008 20:17:00

Suprise suprise, david gold was the first chairman to comment on ceefax saying what a wonderful idea it was. No doubt hoping to launch his dildos worldwide. What a dildo.
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07/02/2008 20:48:00

What I want to know fear, is this, who is the supporters spokesman refered to on the official site? The claim this to be very exciting? Get lost.
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07/02/2008 20:50:00

If David Gold is in favour then its obvious it will be a fecking disaster. Cant keep track of the matches in the UK never mind the Far East....
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07/02/2008 20:58:00

Posted a little something about this on another site...I wouldn“t mind this Idea...potty as it might seem, if the money raised from that ONE extra fixture per season played somewhere abroad, was used to reduce the price of Season Tickets or reduce the prices for Memebers tickets or it looks now, it“s not really the reason they“re doing this....So I“m kinda sceptic here...
Blue is the colour
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07/02/2008 21:12:00

This would destroy the league.Cant see Fifa allowing it
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08/02/2008 07:54:00

I think this would hurt our league right to the core. Watching football is all about getting the local train down to the ground not getting a plane to the over side of the world. If enough fans appose it though it wont happen.
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08/02/2008 08:19:00

Blue, we don't have to pay extortionate rates for season/match day tickets and its not really going to apply to many teams other than yourselves, Arsenal and the Blouse.
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08/02/2008 09:07:00
Blue is the colour
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08/02/2008 09:58:00

Good thread. Jak had it right, Scudamore is a Cnut. Why do all these people in authority over football think that they know best. Sepp Blatter is a prime example, now Platini is sticking his oar in trying to change things. It shouldn't just be about money. If it isn't broken don't fix it.
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08/02/2008 10:32:00

What about sending, say the 5th round of the League Cup or FA Cup abroad, where the venue is drawn at the same time as the fixtures, its a neutral venue for all teams and doesn't effect the League, so no European or Relagation places are effected, and lower league clubs get the chance of a big day out?
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08/02/2008 11:14:00

Muchos disturbingos...
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08/02/2008 11:42:00

It will never happen. A team could be relegated due a unfavourable draw and then just wait for the legal battles begin. Same would apply to the winners and the Euro spots. A brutal idea.
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08/02/2008 13:44:00

Worrying news. I have serious concerns and reservations. Admittedly talks are at a very early stage, so for me to dismiss the idea out of hand just now would be wrong, but even so. The game is being taken away from the supporters, that is both sad and wrong. This development is going to cause heated debate as talks progress, but no doubt at the end of the day, the money-men will get their way. They always do.
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08/02/2008 17:02:00

More for the prawn sandwich brigade and less for the true fans. All that will happen with the extra money earned is players will get even more ridiculously overpaid and transfer fees will get even more ridiculously high. The beautiful game is just now the beautiful money machine. Leave it be.
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08/02/2008 17:11:00

As each day passes, and opposition continues to grow, it looks less and less likely that this idea will ever get off of the ground.
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15/02/2008 15:23:00


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