Premier League Chief Rejects Call to Reduce League from 20 to 16 Teams

Richard Scudamore not interested in proposal made by Barca president.

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Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has rejected a proposal by Barcelona president Sandro Rosell to reduce the top flight to 16 teams.

Rosell’s suggestion came with the aim of playing European fixtures at weekends and cutting the number of international games.

Scudamore said: “Well, that’s very nice of him to issue that as a statement but that’s a very Barcelona-centric view.

“Our clubs have no view to be playing European football on a weekend.”

He added: “European football is a midweek competition and domestic football is a weekend competition.”


It’s good to see the chief executive of the Premier League coming out so strongly to reject calls to reduce the size of England’s top tier. Barcelona president Sandro Rosell’s suggestion to cut the league from 20 to 16 teams was as unhelpful as it was uncalled for.

There seems no good reason why a representative of another country should make such a suggestion although it seems clear that the Nou Camp supremo is merely looking to broaden the topic as he looks to reduce La Liga so that his side can get a bigger slice of the cash cow.

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