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39th game back on agenda

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Following the success of the Asia Trophy involving Premier League clubs, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has revived the idea of a round of fixtures to be played abroad.

Richard Scudamore first advanced the idea in 2008, but it was dropped after a tidal wave of opposition from fans.   However, he thinks that there is now an increasing recognition from fans that the Premier League and its clubs are a global success story.

Fan organisations are, however, ready to mobilise against the plan once again.   Teams would lose one home fixture and fans could not afford to travel to, say, Hong Kong for what could be a crucial match.