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Last Updated: Friday February 15 2008 08:34 GMT

Footie boss blasts global plan

Football

A plan to play Premier League matches in other countries seems to have been given the red card.

The head of world football's governing body said the 39-game idea was "unacceptable" and doesn't take into account the fans of the clubs.

Sepp Blatter, President of Fifa, added that he'll do all he can to stop it happening, while he's in charge.

Mr Blatter said the proposal could also harm England's attempt to host the 2018 World Cup.

He told the BBC: "This does not take into consideration the fans of the clubs and it gives the impression that they just want to go on tour to make some money."

President of Fifa Sepp Blatter
The plan would mean all 20 Premier League teams would have to play an extra match each season in countries like America and China.

It's thought cities in Asia, Middle East and North America will be interested in hosting the games.

If the proposal does get the go-ahead, the changes could come into force in two years' time.

But it's unlikely a final decision will be taken before the Premier League's annual summer meeting in June.



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