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Pompey - and the rest - abroad...

Pompey - and the rest - abroad...

...and I do not mean in the uefa cup or champions league, I mean further afield than Europe, and not as part of a cup as part of the league schedule!

There are 'proposals' being drawn up that could see each premier league club play a league fixture in some of the biggest cities around the world in places such as Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Sydney, Johannesburg, Dubai and Beijing.

These fixtures would count towards the regular premier league season, but would be an extra 39th game being played - the opponents would be decided upon a draw but the current league placing at the time would narrow this down.

Clearly this is another exercise to cash in on the global appeal and marketability of the premier league, and whilst this will earn even more money for clubs - including Pompey - which ultimately should be a good thing if it is used in the right way, how is it proposed that the fans get to these games?

Granted Pompey, as well as every other club have overseas fans but how many of these 'real fans' will be able to get to games before other 'fans' snap up the tickets, which depending on our opponents would sell out pretty fast...

To me this idea just does not seem right, I know it is only one fixture and would maybe give others the chance to see Pompey when maybe they would not but and as much as the thought of Pompey playing in America, South Africa, Australia, China and so on does appeal to me... it only does so in a pre season tour way to be honest, it just seems wrong the thought of playing a league game on overseas soil.

My major concerns are that if this happens - which although all 20 premier league clubs have agreed on this in principle it might not, this must be stressed - 'one game per year' could, and in fact probably would soon turn into two, then three and so on...


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Date:Thursday February 7 2008
Time: 3:31PM


Can you imagine you're fourth at the end of the 38 normal league games, and you play Manchester United in Hong Kong for the 39th game......You loose, and you finsh 6th cos Spurs played Reading, and Everton plyed Derby counrty........It's a ***** idea......
07/02/2008 15:52:00
I can only the big 4 making shed loads more out of it & the rest will get the crumbs. There maybe some benefit but no doubt the home fans won't get a say.
07/02/2008 16:10:00
And with the top 5 teams being seeded to aoid playing each other FloG's example could well happen. The rich get richer....
07/02/2008 16:20:00
If pompey finish 4th one season, behind Chelsea, Man U, and Arsenal, with we imagine Spurs 5th, even if you can't play them, you still can play Everton, Villa, Liverpool, Newcastle, and on one game nobody knows what can happen, if you had the Injury and the red card, you could play a game that normally doesn't exist and doesn't count (just for Money) without the true team and miss the Champions League for What???? Business.....i hope french football won't look at English football and copy this s*** idea....
07/02/2008 16:26:00
sorry for all those none english here, but its the ******** english premier, its all about money, I can understand people would want to watch games from abraod, why dont they come to england and watch like the rest of us, ridiculus!!!
07/02/2008 16:30:00
this is just another way for the big teams to make more money in the long run and there is no fair way of doing it like flog says you end up playing a good team whilst your rival plays bottom of the league it all just stinks!!!!
07/02/2008 16:31:00
One word from me....Yuk!
07/02/2008 16:34:00
However....(brain now in gear) could the boot be on the other foot and we manage to nick a european place at the expense of one of the "bigger" clubs? Nope; still don't like it
07/02/2008 16:36:00
Rug, you are correct, just money making and the thin end of the wedge. At this rate, will we need a new ground? Its certainly not an idea for the true fans.
07/02/2008 16:40:00
its a farce, why do they need more money, BBC rumours, ESPN going to bid out skysports for the biggest premier league package, great.
07/02/2008 16:40:00
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