The Premier League last week announced plans to extend the domestic season to 39 games by holding an additional ‘international round’ of fixtures from the 2010-11 season.
Well…of course they would be! There is a huge football fan base, go to LKF on football nights over here and you’ll see what I mean. The huge popularity would mean increased tourism and money, which any Hong Konger loves.
The problem what people easily forget is that Hong Kong isn’t suitable as a Footballing Venue, even if it’s for a one match stop. The problem is the pollution and high humidity during the day, that combined with the poor footballing grounds wouldn’t make for an ideal venue.
As an English football plan, I wouldn’t like to see extra matches played, let alone extra matches played around the country. Some players can play upto 60+ matches a year if you take into friendlies, league, internationals as well as promotional matches for their club. This can lead to player injuries and difficultly in scheduling other games. The main importance for teams is to play the Premier League and be on ‘top form’.
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