FIFA to discuss preventing domestic Leagues playing games abroad


World governing body, FIFA are set to discuss whether to prevent domestic League games being played in another country at a Stakeholders’ Committee meeting which is set to take place on Wednesday in Zurich.

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 idea of a ’39th Game’ abroad was first mentioned in the English Premier League (EPL) in 2008 but was eventually shelved due to widespread opposition.

But the Committee seeks to debate whether to recommend making an amendment to the rules of football’s world governing body.

The committee itself can only advise the 37-member FIFA Council which would ultimately make any decision to block overseas matches.

The United States are viewed as the territory most likely to host a ‘road game’.

By Ofhani Munyai

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