SBD Global/January 3, 2018/International Football

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  • A-League Execs Consider Shifting Weekend Kickoff Times Due To Extreme Heat

    A-League execs "are anxiously watching the weekend's weather forecast in Melbourne, with a re-think needed" ahead of a "bumper day of football," according to the AAP. A forecast 41-degree Celsius day could see A-League and W-League matches "shifted to later in the day, moved to different venues, or postponed." At this stage, Football Federation Australia "hopes all games can go ahead with drinks breaks," with a forecast "wet bulb globe temperature" falling "marginally below" its heat policy guideline on rescheduling fixtures. If the extreme heat forces a change, there is "no easy fix" for league execs, with Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City scheduled to host matches -- "as well as City's W-League team." The clubs "sounded out FFA as to the viability of the day's football ahead of decisions to be made on Wednesday" (AAP, 1/2).

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  • West Brom Files Complaint To Premier League Over 'Terrible' Fixture Congestion

    EPL side West Bromwich Albion made a formal complaint to the Premier League over its "terrible" fixture congestion ahead of Tuesday's game at West Ham, according to John Percy of the London TELEGRAPH. West Brom is "furious" after being asked to play twice in three days and "pleaded for a postponement," with the game at West Ham coming just 51 hours after the visit of Arsenal on Sunday. West Brom Chair John Williams made "robust representations" to Premier League Exec Chair Richard Scudamore over the "pile-up," with the club's "frustration only increasing" as West Ham had been without a game since Dec. 26. West Ham was due to play Tottenham on Sunday but the game was "postponed for safety reasons" (TELEGRAPH, 1/1).

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