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Premier League

Scudamore proposals in the 'trash bin', claims Madejski

Reading's chairman John Madejski said yesterday that proposals to play extra Premier League matches abroad had "already been consigned to the trash bin".

Speaking on Radio Five Live, Madejski said the Premier League's chief executive Richard Scudamore should have consulted more widely before announcing plans to extend the season from 38 to 39 games with an international round of fixtures in January.

"If he had approached some of the governing bodies before announcing his plans, we would have moved forward on it. Now it's in tatters," Madejski said. "It's already been consigned to the trash bin. I don't think it's going to grow legs now. There are too many people against it."

Elsewhere, former Manchester City midfielder Kiki Musampa is on a one-week trial with Major League Soccer side Toronto FC. The 30-year-old Dutch midfielder started his career in Ajax's youth system and had spells with Bordeaux, Málaga, Atlético Madrid and Trabzonspor as well as City for whom he played 41 games between 2004-06.

Musampa, who was released by AZ Alkmaar on new year's day, is a free agent and was linked with a move to either Korea or Japan but has begun his trial with Toronto at their pre-season camp in Bradenton, Florida.