Date: 7th February 2008 at 3:32pm
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…and I do not mean in the uefa cup or champions league, I mean further afield than Europe, and not as part of a cup as part of the league schedule!

There are ‘proposals’ being drawn up that could see each premier league club play a league fixture in some of the biggest cities around the world in places such as Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Sydney, Johannesburg, Dubai and Beijing.

These fixtures would count towards the regular premier league season, but would be an extra 39th game being played – the opponents would be decided upon a draw but the current league placing at the time would narrow this down.

Clearly this is another exercise to cash in on the global appeal and marketability of the premier league, and whilst this will earn even more money for clubs – including Pompey – which ultimately should be a good thing if it is used in the right way, how is it proposed that the fans get to these games?

Granted Pompey, as well as every other club have overseas fans but how many of these ‘real fans’ will be able to get to games before other ‘fans’ snap up the tickets, which depending on our opponents would sell out pretty fast…

To me this idea just does not seem right, I know it is only one fixture and would maybe give others the chance to see Pompey when maybe they would not but and as much as the thought of Pompey playing in America, South Africa, Australia, China and so on does appeal to me… it only does so in a pre season tour way to be honest, it just seems wrong the thought of playing a league game on overseas soil.

My major concerns are that if this happens – which although all 20 premier league clubs have agreed on this in principle it might not, this must be stressed – ‘one game per year’ could, and in fact probably would soon turn into two, then three and so on…

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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