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Men’s football Premier League not planning to play competitive fixtures abroad

THE Premier League has no plans to play competitive matches abroad, it was reported today.

Previous reports had suggested top-flight clubs were working on a long-term plan with playing Premier League games overseas as its ultimate goal, effectively resurrecting the much criticised “39th game” proposals that surfaced in 2008.

However, it is understood clubs are only looking at ways to make pre-season fixtures overseas more meaningful.

The discussions have formed part of the league’s strategic review.

The review had been ongoing when the Project Big Picture proposals emerged almost a year ago, but was committed to all by 20 clubs last October when the project, which would have trimmed fixture lists to suit the top clubs, was rejected.

The Premier League has staged the Asia Trophy on a biennial basis since 2003, and the league is understood to be looking at whether similar competitions could be held in other parts of the world over the summer.

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