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SBD Global/February 11, 2013/International Football

Ferguson: High TV Demand Harms ManU, Top European Football Clubs

ManU Manger Alex Ferguson believes that "the demands of live television have made the English domestic fixture list so daunting for teams involved in Europe that their chances of success are being jeopardised," according to Louise Taylor of the London GUARDIAN. Ferguson said, "We're not giving our teams a chance to be successful in Europe." ManU played at home against Everton in a Premier League game at 4pm on Sunday, and then the team will "travel to Spain for a Champions League match at Real Madrid on Wednesday." Ferguson added: "There's no fairness at all. It's ridiculous to think that we play on the Sunday and Real Madrid play on the Saturday with that extra day's rest. Other countries in Europe make sacrifices for their top teams in Europe." Ferguson claims that "the physical demands of facing Everton and Real in such close proximity dictate that he will have to indulge in radical squad rotation." Ferguson said, "What can you do? Not turn up? I've complained about it. Do you think they listened?" (GUARDIAN, 2/8).
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