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Last Updated: Monday, 4 September 2006, 12:13 GMT 13:13 UK
Ferguson calls for winter break
Sir Alex Ferguson
Ferguson says he has been championing winter breaks since 1980
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes the introduction of a winter break and a later finish to the season would benefit football.

"We had international friendlies at the beginning of June so why can't we play the season until the end of May?" he told club magazine, Inside United.

"The players need to keep going anyway for these internationals.

"But why not start a three-week ban on 1 January and use the whole of May when the weather is better?"

It is not the first time that there have been calls for a winter break but the change has been vetoed as the number of clubs in the Premiership would be reduced and the FA Cup would also be affected.

Several managers, including former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, have lobbied for it in recent times but Ferguson believes he was one of the first.

"It makes me laugh when managers come out and talk about winter breaks," he added.

"I championed it when I was manager of Aberdeen in 1980 and I did again when I first came down here in 1986.

"And there's still nothing done, it's ridiculous."

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