City slam Xmas fixture scheduling, question ‘sporting integrity’

Manchester City chief operating officer Omar Berrada thinks the Christmas fixture scheduling of the Premier League could affect the “players’ wellbeing”.

Liverpool supporters will have to travel to Leicester City on Boxing Day for an 8pm kick-off with no public transport, while City‘s players will have to play two matches in less than 48 hours over the festive period.

And Berrada thinks the scheduling calls into question the “sporting integrity” of the Premier League.

“We’re disappointed that the schedule is so tight for the players over Christmas,” Berrada said.

“Premier League games are a huge physical demand, and it’s not ideal to be made to play twice in less than 48 hours because it doesn’t give the players time to properly recover.

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“We obviously understand that the paying rights-holding broadcasters are an important consideration when it comes to scheduling, but we also need to make sure that we protect the players’ wellbeing, the sporting integrity of the league, and the quality of the product.

“We’ve had an open dialogue with the league to consider other options, but ultimately, we will have to comply with the kick off times and dates as they have been presented to us.”

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