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Liverpool co-owner Tom Werner backs overseas game


Werner pledges trophies and wants match abroad

By Dan Roan
BBC sports news correspondent

Liverpool co-owner Tom Werner is keen on exploring the concept of playing a competitive Premier League game abroad.

A similar idea was discussed before, for a '39th game' abroad, but stalled after meeting opposition from clubs, fans and world governing body Fifa.

The Premier League has confirmed that there is no current plan to look at reviving the proposal.

But Werner, who will succeed Martin Broughton as the Merseyside club's chairman, is a fan of the idea.

"Pre-season matches are great but why not have an actual match in season?" Werner told BBC Sport.

Playing a competitive match abroad could help clubs cash in on television markets in overseas territories where the Premier League is popular, like Asia and the United States.

"I think first of all the Premier League is the strongest league in the world and its reach is global," added the 60-year-old American.

I have no problem at all with Roy Hodgson... he didn't build this team, so the fact we got off to a slow start, I'm not sure you can lay that at his feet

Reds co-owner John Henry

"It's been very impressive to me, the number of people globally who watch, and we hope to expand that imprint. I think the more important the game the more excitement."

British Airways chairman Broughton was appointed in April to oversee the sale of Liverpool, a process which concluded in October when Werner and John Henry's New England Sports Ventures bought the club for £300m.

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see also
Hodgson backed by new owners NESV
17 Oct 10 |  Liverpool
Henry pledges to revive Liverpool
16 Oct 10 |  Liverpool
NESV completes Liverpool takeover
15 Oct 10 |  Liverpool
Owners put Liverpool up for sale
16 Apr 10 |  Liverpool
Clubs delay '39th game' decision
06 Jun 08 |  Premier League
Fifa rejects 39th-game proposal
14 Mar 08 |  Premier League

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