President’s response dismissed as ‘totally inadequate’ after he says Fifa cannot ‘change things’
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Thursday 21 February 2008
Avram Grant is considering leaving both Frank Lampard and John Terry out of his starting line-up for Sunday's Carling Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur. Both players, who have only recently returned from injury, are understood to privately fear they will be excluded but if the Chelsea manager goes ahead with his plan it will be a remarkably bold move drawing a line under the Jose Mourinho era of "untouchables".
Wednesday 20 February 2008
The Premier League's ambition to stage an "international round" of games from 2011 is "certainly not a dead duck", its chief executive, Richard Scudamore, insisted to a parliamentary committee yesterday, although he agreed that the plans would need backing from Fifa, the FA and the Football League to go ahead.
Monday 18 February 2008
Reading's chairman John Madejski said yesterday that proposals to play extra Premier League matches abroad had "already been consigned to the trash bin".
Saturday 16 February 2008
Richard Scudamore now knows why he gets paid that reported salary of £1m. Nine days that shook English football, the Premier League chief executive under sustained attack and barely a peep from a single club owner, chairman or chief executive in support. He has been left alone on stage like Saddam Hussein's doomed spokesman who preached defiance while the American tanks rolled into shot behind him.
Friday 15 February 2008
The FIFA president Sepp Blatter has condemned Premier League proposals to play matches overseas as "unacceptable" and an "abuse of football".
Thursday 14 February 2008
The Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore insists his plan to introduce a 39th game played at venues around the world still has the support of all 20 top-flight clubs.
Wednesday 13 February 2008
The Football Association yesterday remained resolutely non-committal to the Premier League's controversial plans to play a 39th game overseas in 2011 – despite claims some FA board members were "excited" by the prospect. The governing body is keeping its powder dry on the topic, well aware that for once the Premier League desperately needs its support.
Tuesday 12 February 2008
The Premier League's plans for an "international round" of games starting in January 2011 were given an ambivalent welcome yesterday by the leading football official in America, one of the countries where the League hopes matches might be played.
Monday 11 February 2008
The Premier League's chief executive Richard Scudamore yesterday defended proposals to play matches abroad and said he expects the plan will go ahead.
Sunday 10 February 2008
Saturday 09 February 2008
Friday 08 February 2008
Eighty thousand Saudi Arabians sitting desolate through a 0-0 draw between Middlesbrough and Derby. A stadium full of Taiwanese all wondering why Wigan are playing five in midfield against Blackburn Rovers. Lots of Koreans politely applauding as Dean Ashton misses the only chance of a game that cost them a week's wages to attend.
Friday 08 February 2008
The revolution in English football, which was set in train with the launch of the Premiership 16 years ago, yesterday announced its Great Leap Forward with the revelation that the game is preparing to go global on the field as well as off.
Thursday 07 February 2008
The 20 Premier League clubs are planning a radical change that would see each team playing an extra match a season in a foreign city.
Tuesday 20 February 2007
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