Date: 6th April 2011 at 10:49am
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Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore will not consider trimming the Premier League down to 18 teams to introduce a winter break.

Many have called for England to introduce a winter break to help players have a rest due to the number of fixtures that are now played annually.

But Scudamore will not consider trimming the Premier League down from 20 teams to 18 to help accommodate.

The boss of the Premier League insists it is the job of UEFA and FIFA to streamline the number of International and European fixtures instead.

‘We have to look to our friends at UEFA and FIFA as the culprits.’ Scudamore told the Daily Mail.

He added: ‘UEFA used to have 13 match days now they want 21. FIFA used to have nine or 10 international dates and now it is averaging 12. Somebody has to give something up.

‘If we had 18 teams it would mean going from 380 events to 306 and there is no way we would do that in terms of public interest and fan interest.’

Vital Wolves Comment: It isn’t often that I agree with this chap, however on this occasion I will!

In the modern era, the Premier League has cut down from 22 teams to 20, the FA Cup no longer has replays for the final, the Carling Cup has reduced the number of two legged ties it has.

The movement in reducing the number of games has been completely one sided, whilst International football, despite its popularity drifting is expanding, while the somewhat pointless Europa League has an enormous amount of fixtures.

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