Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Union: Players Need to Have a Break

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Union: Players Need to Have a Break

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WORLD players' union FIFPro believes the number of matches played in England over the festive period has 'negative consequences' for the health and performance of players.

Last night's match between Tottenham and West Ham was the 40th Premier League game in 14 days, with all teams playing four times over Christmas and the turn of the year, and some playing games with just two days' rest.

While most European leagues are on a mid-season break, England's best sides turn their attentions to the FA Cup this weekend, with a Carabao Cup semi-final next week for City.

The Premier League's current top five also have the first legs of their Champions League last-16 games to play in February, with the second legs in March, and a large proportion of their squads will go straight from the end of the domestic season to their national sides for this summer's World Cup. …

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