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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb 8, 2008

No plans for Primera Liga foreign fixtures

Spain's Primera Liga insist they have no plans to follow their English counterparts and add an international round of fixtures but admitted it is 'a good idea'.

The 20 Premier League clubs unanimously agreed yesterday to further examine a proposal that would see 10 competitive fixtures hosted in five major cities over one weekend.

But while Spanish football chiefs back the plan in theory, they claim they are not considering following suit at the moment.

'Up to now we have no plans to do anything similar,' La Liga's chief spokesman said.

'But it seems like a good idea.

'I think it is an idea that fits in with the notion of football as a global game - a sport without borders.

'Football is without borders and something like this is a sign that the sport is adapting to the time that we live in.

'But I want to reiterate that we have no plans to do the same and have not ever thought about it or talked about it.'

In the Premier League's proposal, the extra round would begin in January of the 2010-11 season and would be in addition to the traditional 38 home and away matches each of the 20 clubs currently play.

The plans will take at least a year to finalise and could see five cities across the globe hosting two matches each in a continuous weekend of football.

The spokesman admitted it could be an interesting option for the future but was sceptical as to whether Spanish football fans would accept such a dramatic break from tradition.

'I don't know if the Spanish fans will approve,' he continued.

'They're used to going to watch their team every fortnight in their own stadiums.

'I don't know if they would go abroad to watch two Spanish teams.

'We'll have to analyse it and look at it closely because we don't know what could happen.'

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