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SBD Global/November 18, 2013/International Football

Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez To Protest Against Timing Of Friendlies

Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez will protest to FIFA "in the next few days regarding what Real Madrid considers abuses that players pay for during the season," according to José Félix Díaz of EL CONFIDENCIAL. Pérez wants a "system change, a rotation of the current competition system." Pérez, "along with several other club presidents, believes that national team games held during the season break the rhythm and increase the risk of injury for players, something that is not covered by a club's insurance." Real Madrid midfielder and German int'l Sami Khedira tore the ACL in his right knee during Germany's 1-1 draw in a friendly against Italy on Friday and "became the second Real Madrid player in less than a month to get injured while playing for a national team." Pérez is "not the only club president unhappy with the current system -- the top clubs feel threatened." FIFA and UEFA "know this and are planning a change to the format of the different competitions." Alternatives "are being considered, but there will not be a change" until at least '16. FIFA President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini "want to reduce the number of friendlies, which would eliminate long trips" (EL CONFIDENCIAL, 11/17).     
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