39th Game

Wed, 17 December 2008

The Premier League’s 39th game in Asia looks more likely after an about face by the President of the Asian Football Confederation.

Why should football fans in Asia pay to watch Premier League footballers on holiday? On the other hand, fans in Asia appear keen to lap up everything that the Premier League throws at them.

I ordinarily don’t care much for Michel Platini’s opinions, but I do share his opposition to the 39th game. When the word first came out in February this year, Platini said:

“In England, you already have no English coach, no English players and maybe now you will have no clubs playing in England. It’s a joke.”

Not fair, but funny.

Perhaps the 39th game will benefit Asian football. More likely, it won’t.

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