There are no plans to extend the Premier League season to 39 games and play matches abroad, Sky Sports News has been told.
Clubs are, however, discussing the possibility of more competitive pre-season matches being staged internationally.
In 2008, proposals were put in place for a 39th game – an extra Premier League match that would be included in the overall league table, but would be staged abroad.
Despite a number of top clubs voicing support for the idea, with the potential to open up new marketing and broadcast revenues internationally, there was widespread condemnation of the idea by FIFA, supporter groups, and most managers.
Some newspaper reports on Monday suggested the proposal of the 39th game is now back on the agenda.
But Sky Sports News has been told that the proposals (which were discussed in last week’s Premier League shareholders meeting, but which are still at a very early stage) are focused on trying to make pre-season matches more competitive, whilst also potentially opening up lucrative new international markets.
Club executives are looking at pre-season competitions such as the existing Asia Trophy, to see whether there is scope for similar tournaments elsewhere, involving more Premier League clubs.
A furious dad has slammed Premier Inn after an advert led him to believe he was checking into a room with sea views. Roger Luke, 69, and his partner Irene Blower, 62, arrived at the hotel in Swansea last month after the website claimed guests would enjoy a “sailor’s life” as the hotel is “slap bang on the marina with views of the sea and surrounding hills”.
It also noted that those staying would be able to “enjoy the spectacular scenery”.
When the couple arrived on June 13 for a post-lockdown trip, they were shocked to find the entire building wrapped in white sheets, looking like a “construction site with no views”.
When the couple checked into the £35 room, they were gutted to look out the window and see the famed “sea views” obscured by poles and opaque netting- leaving the room “very dark”.
Despite a note on the Premier Inn website saying that there are “restricted views”, Mr Luke argues he is the victim of “false advertising” as there are “no views whatsoever”.
Mr Luke told the Mirror: “We’ve stayed in this hotel several times and when we got there I said to my partner ‘we’re in the wrong place, this is a construction site here by the look of it’.
“We rang [Premier Inn] from the carpark to see if they’d purchased another hotel or if this hotel was closed, but they said they were round the front.
A Premier Inn spokesperson said: “Our Swansea Waterfront hotel is undergoing essential refurbishment as our booking journey makes clear. So, guests are aware works are taking place on their planned stay date before they make the decision to book.”
Premier Inn confirmed they have since updated their website to make it “even clearer” that there were no views – now stating rooms will have “obscured views from the windows as there is scaffolding to the exterior of the building”.
The summer transfer window will open this week, on Wednesday June 9. The window will run for a full 12 weeks, before closing on August 31. Express Sport takes you through every done deal in the Premier League this summer, as the transfer merry-go-round begins.
What was this? Tottenham one goal to the good and still banging shots against the woodwork and eventually adding a second.
By BASKing in the glory of the Fantasy Formation of Bale, Alli, Son and Kane, Ryan Mason has given Spurs fans a taste of what they are dreaming of. And with speculation surrounding Kane, it might be last fleeting glimpse of a line-up for the ages.
If it was still the 2013 Gareth Bale and Dele Alli from 2017, Spurs’ season would have been very different indeed.
But at least these last more cossetted games of the season, away from Jose Mourinho’s abrasive abuse, have given both players a chance to rebuild some confidence.
Sadly for Bale it is unlikely to be enough to earn him a final-year Real Madrid swansong, so his summer looks uncertain.
But Alli is still just 25.
As he showed four seasons ago, he has the potential to be among the very best. And with his pace over five yards, his energy and, yes, that ‘devilment’ Mauricio Pochettino kept going on about, he offers something different.
Gareth Southgate has three places extra in his Euro 2020 squad that he was not expecting. Is it time to hold out the olive branch to Alli and see what he can do?
Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Tuesday after nearest rivals Manchester United fell to a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City. It was their third league title in the past four seasons with Pep Guardiola’s men being deserved champions.
It has been an utterly dominant season from City as they reclaim their crown from Liverpool.
Express Sport takes a look back on the five matches that has seen them be named as champions.
Manchester City 2-5 Leicester City
It seems somewhat bizarre to at first pick out a defeat and a heavy one at that but this thumping at the hands of Brendan Rodgers’ men gave City the lessons that they needed.
Defensively, the Citizens looked vulnerable throughout as Jamie Vardy bagged a hat-trick, with James Maddison and Youri Tielemans also getting on the scoresheet.
That reverse convinced the club to turn to the transfer market and bring in Ruben Dias from Benfica – a move that has been inspired.
Pep Guardiola was praised to the heavens after Manchester City were confirmed as 2020/21 Premier League champions. Guardiola’s City side recovered from a stuttering start to the season to eventually claim the title with three games of the season still to play.
City’s Premier League title was confirmed at the final whistle at Old Trafford, where City’s cross-town rivals Manchester United fell to a 2-1 home defeat by third-placed Leicester City.
And after the match, BT Sport pundit Robbie Savage was gushing with praise for Guardiola’s stewardship of the newly-crowned champions.
“Especially to think when they lost at Spurs, they were 14th in the table,” Savage recalled.
“He then evolved the side, put Cancelo into the team, brought him into a midfield position – a free role – amazing performances.
“Pep improves players and that side is incredible.
“For me, the best manager I’ve witnessed in the Premier League.”
Savage’s fulsome praise was shot down somewhat by former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand.
“Just like Chris Sutton said, you should go and get your coat,” he said.
But Savage laughed off the good-natured jibe, and continued his argument for Guardiola being the best Premier League manager ever, ahead of Ferdinand’s former boss at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Listen, the reason I’m saying this: Sir Alex, the record he has, but overall, at Bayern, Barcelona and Manchester City – the way teams from the Premier League down to grassroots play like Manchester City. I’ve never seen anything like it,” he offered.
“Listen, he’s won trophies with teams he should win trophies with.
“If he wins the Champions League with Man City, for me, the best ever.”
Guardiola will get the chance to do just that when City take on Chelsea in the Champions League final on May 29.
That match, which was originally set to take place in Istanbul, could be set for a change of location, with Lisbon in Portugal and London’s Wembley Stadium both thought to be in the running as potential replacement hosts.
While Ferdinand was sure to check Savage’s view, the United legend also paid tribute to Guardiola for leading City to the title this season.
“You’ve got to give credit where it’s due,” he said.
“Pep Guardiola’s men have bounced back, I thought Liverpool were fantastic the season before this and everyone thought: ‘Who are going to catch them?’.
“Pep went back to the drawing board, fixed things up at Man City and they came back flying, took the league by storm and deserved champions, definitely.”