Anfield man decides time is right to reawaken horrible idea from it’s rightful slumber.
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Liverpool co-owner Tom Werner wants to revive the idea of playing a competitive Premier League game abroad.
The so-called ’39th game’ was first proposed in February 2008 but stalled after meeting opposition from clubs, fans and world governing body Fifa.
But Werner, who will succeed Martin Broughton as the club’s chairman, is a fan of the concept.
“Pre-season matches are great but why not have an actual match in season,” Werner told BBC Sport.
Playing a competitive match abroad could help clubs cash in on television markets in overseas territories where the Premier League is popular, like Asia and the United States.
“I think first of all the Premier League is the strongest league in the world and its reach is global,” added Werner.
“It’s been very impressive to me, the number of people globally who watch and we hope to expand that imprint.
“I think the more important the game the more excitement.” (BBC Sport)
Seriously as far as ideas go, the 39th game plan is just hideous and will hopefully never come to fruition in a million years. The idea to simply cater to high interest in the English game abroad to make rich clubs even richer is just perverse in the extreme. Quite why Mr. Werner felt the need to bring this half baked issue back on the agenda is beyond me.