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Nov 6, 2013

Laudrup hits out at festive schedule

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has hit out at the Premier League's Christmas schedule and claimed that most clubs are unhappy with the situation.

Michael Laudrup sits in the dugout at the Mestalla.
Laudrup has lamented Christmas fixture congestion.

While much of Europe is having a winter break, most teams in the Premier League will be playing two games in two days.

Swansea are at Chelsea on Boxing Day before travelling to Aston Villa two days later, and Laudrup told Sky Sports: "If we play on a Thursday [in the Europa League], automatically our Saturday game is transferred to a Sunday to give us three days.

"That is the least everyone has in all the leagues in Europe -- but at Christmas we have to play the 26th and 28th, and both games are away.

"That I do not understand. The fans can't go. They could ten to 15 years ago, but now if you don't have a ticket you can't go. Before, the whole family would have Christmas and go to a game. Nowadays, if you don't have a ticket you don't go.

"Of course we have tried to move these games. I don't understand playing on the 26th and 28th, I think the majority of the clubs disagree with that, so hopefully all the teams or most can agree on this. I would like to move the game on the 28th to the 29th. The Boxing Day game is difficult to move."

Liverpool have two away games, at Manchester City on Boxing Day and then Chelsea on December 29, while Manchester United and David Moyes also face two away trips, to Hull and Norwich City (28th), as do Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, who travel to West Ham and then Newcastle (29th).

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