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Is Ferguson right to oppose 39th game?

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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."







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posted Feb 7, 2009

This should never happen.

They wont be bringing as much money as they think anyway, West Brom Vs Hull in Japan, I highly doubt that would bring in much.

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posted Feb 7, 2009

This is the FA being greedy, but if there is one aspect of football which should not be affected by money is the fan's ability to watch their team. if you play games abroad it will be few fan's supporting, rather a collection of residents from that location. the title itself gives some clarification....the ENGLISH barclay card premiership not the World cup. Playing abroad is completely non sensical other than to generate more revenue to an industry already off its feet and with for too much money in it already.

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posted Feb 7, 2009

Scudamore has consorted with Sky to ruin our top division. They have two things in common, they worship money and couldn't give a toss about the game.

by ensuring the bottom club receive a minimum of 30m plus parachute payments they have effectively ended promotion and relegation from the premiership and made it impossible to break into the upper echelons of the game without a sugar daddy owner.

When you contrast that with the competion that once could see anyone of a dozen clubs becoming champion you can see how this disgracefull partnership has ruined the game.

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posted Feb 7, 2009

There is a reason its called the ENGLISH Premier League.

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posted Feb 7, 2009

This is the FA being greedy

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So many misinformed people spouting rubbish. THE FA IS NOT THE PREMIER LEAGUE.

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comment by Lewy (U1831370)

posted Feb 7, 2009

play teh league cup abroad no first teamers are played till teh final so they won't be affected

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posted Feb 7, 2009

I cannot fathom how a 39th game would work at all, Seems like it would be completely unfair on half the teams dependent on who you drew up.

If this idea went ahead surely it would make a lot more sense just to play the 38th game abroad??

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comment by UKARP (U7902458)

posted Feb 7, 2009

I said it before and il say it again, charity shield in pre season played in a different country each year in a location that fits in with the two teams pre season tours wherever they are, the finalists aren't obliged to play their strongest teams but the people of the country where the game is being played get to see the league winners play the fans cup winners in a "final", the teams get publicity and new fans, someone involved in english football makes a heap load of money, and everyones happy(ish)

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posted Feb 15, 2010

Why don't we skip the 39th game and head straight to the 40th? That should appease the doubters like Sir Alex.

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