Playing Away

Posted: 15.02.08 in Blogging

Just look back, for example, at Wembley and everyone celebrated the Americans playing an American Football game at Wembley.

Arsène Wenger — Source: BBC Sport

Arsène Wenger has pledged his support to the Premier League’s proposals to play a round of Premier League matches abroad. To support his favour for such a move, he made reference to his days in Japan, where a fifth of matches are played at a neutral venue, and to the recent NFL game played at Wembley. However, contrary to his claim that everyone celebrated the Americans playing an American Football game at Wembley, I couldn’t have cared less. And further to that, my opinion significantly changed after that bobble Scott Carson will never forget.

No good will come out of competitive games abroad — unless fan alienation, player fatigue and putting vital games on show to rich corporate-types and sponsor employees in far-distant cities is good, of course.

Surely the Premier League rips us off enough without resorting to pointless expeditions abroad?

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