Fifa to prevent domestic leagues playing games abroad
Fifa is set to discuss whether to prevent domestic league games being played in another country.
A Stakeholders’ Committee, meeting in Zurich on Thursday, will debate whether to recommend making an amendment to the rules of football’s world governing body.
The idea of a ’39th Game’ was first mentioned by Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore in 2008 but was eventually shelved due to widespread opposition within the game.
However, the concept of matches being played abroad has been taken up more recently by Spain’s La Liga, who have twice in the last two seasons been denied the chance to host official matches in the USA.
The committee itself can only advise the 37-member Fifa Council which would ultimately make any decision to block overseas matches.
The United States is viewed as the territory most likely to host a ‘road game’ and Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, a member of the committee, has opted to fly to Switzerland straight from Wednesday’s 25th anniversary launch in New York to attend the debate.
It is likely he will be joined by Vittorio Montagliani, the chairman of the Fifa committee, who is also president of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf). Credit: bbc.com