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Scudamore seeks Blatter meeting over 39

Chief executive Richard Scudamore insists he will continue to pursue plans to take Premier League matches abroad at a meeting with FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Blatter, head of the sport's world governing body, has already voiced his opposition to the proposals and the FA yesterday expressed 'serious reservations'. However, Scudamore is determined to meet Blatter face to face to put across the advantages of the plans. 'I want to explain the reasons for this proposal to Mr Blatter because I do not think, on the information he will have received so far, he has been given a chance to understand it, or what benefits there would be for the game in England and beyond,' said Scudamore. 'I am not sure he knows the wealth we generate beyond our league, such as the £124million that filters down through the game over here.' Scudamore also dismissed suggestions that pressing ahead with the proposals would endanger England's World Cup bid. 'We were told we would have the opportunity to talk to the FIFA president about our proposal,' he told The Times. 'I do not see how there can be speculation about the possible impact on the 2018 World Cup campaign until this meeting has taken place.'