The Sun have revealed that Premier League bosses are discussing the possibility of playing ‘meaningful’ matches abroad in the future.
Several Premier League clubs, including Tottenham, have increasingly started to take part in pre-season tournaments in Asia and North America over the last decade.
The Sun have now revealed that there were discussions over expanding the summer schedule of pre-season matches played abroad in last week’s shareholder meeting in London, where representatives from all 20 clubs were present.
There is said to be ‘hope’ in some quarters that meaningful matches can also be played abroad in the long term.
However, the report reveals there was no actual discussion of playing competitive league games abroad in the shareholder meeting.
It is explained that club chiefs are aware that FIFA could simply ban them from playing competitive outside the UK, as they did when La Liga tried to stage a Barcelona game in Miami a few years ago.
The plan, for now, is thought to be to commence with a longer pre-season tournament in the United States next summer.
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There will likely be backlash from fans if competitive league games are moved abroad, just as there was for the Super League. While one could understand why clubs would be keen to do it, given the financial incentives, it will be a further blow for the so-called ‘legacy’ fans, who remain the backbone of the English game.
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