Arsenal boss: Breakaway league on the cards


LONDON: Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger says the biggest Premier League sides may help form a breakaway European league if FIFA persists with summer tournaments which leave his players exhausted. 

Wenger: Warns FIFA of a split in European football

Wenger is angry that Arsenal’s French stars face having to play in the Confederations Cup next summer – meaning they will have almost no summer break. 

The Confederations Cup will take place in late June with France, Brazil, Colombia, Cameroon, Japan, USA, New Zealand and Turkey all involved. 

Wenger insists his players are already at breaking point. 

“We have to stop these tournaments with no interest and in which players don’t want to play,” Wenger told the News of the World.0 

“If we don’t deal with these problems there’s going to be a split, I’ve no doubts about it. Clubs will end up refusing to release their players. 

“The G-14 – the alliance of Europe’s biggest clubs – now has 18 members, and with 18 teams we could create a new League. This threat is not virtual, it is real.” – AFP 

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