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Premier League postpones visit to FIFA to discuss international round

Premier League postpones visit to FIFA to discuss international round

The Premier League has postponed a meeting with FIFA so it can refine its proposal to play regular season games outside Britain.
Officials from the Premier League and England's Football Association were scheduled to meet with soccer's world governing body in Zurich, Switzerland, on Thursday.
The Premier League said Tuesday it needed "to conduct further internal studies and consultation before seeking the advice" of FIFA and key federations on its international plans.
Under the Premier League's plan announced on Feb. 7, 10 matches would be played at five venues around the world over a single weekend in January 2011. Each of the league's 20 clubs would play a 39th game overseas.
"This project is still very much in its infancy, was always subject to development, clarification and wide consultation and we remain disappointed that these facts and many others were lost when early opinions were formed by many without detailed knowledge," the Premier League said in a statement.
"We sincerely believe the Premier League has much to offer the development of the game internationally as witnessed by the many federations and leagues that currently seek our involvement and advice."
FIFA has come out against the plan, with president Sepp Blatter hinting it could affect England's 2018 World Cup bid. The proposal_ dubbed the "39th step" by British media _ was also described as "unsustainable" by the English FA last week.
FIFA said Tuesday it welcomed the Premier League's decision to delay the meeting, saying it "re-establishes the positive and constructive relations between the FA, the FA Premier League and world football's governing body."
"FIFA is happy with this development and thanks the Premier League leadership for its constructive approach," the statement said.


Updated : 2021-01-17 05:49 GMT+08:00