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Premier League consider Winter break


Premier League consider Winter break  

The Premier League is considering introducing a winter break when the next television rights deal is agreed.

The top leagues in Germany, France, Italy and Spain all take time out in mid-season.

The Football Association has previously said a winter break is not feasible until the end of the current television deal in 2019.

Talks have been ongoing for several months, and are understood to have been constructive.

A January break has been under discussion which, if agreed, would not impact on the traditional festive football schedule.

If the Premier League season does incorporate a winter break, it would be welcomed by some top-flight managers.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said in January that the festive schedule was killing the players. 

One of the arguments for a break is that it would benefit the national side.

The German Bundesliga, Spain's La Liga, Italy's Serie A and France Ligue 1 are among the top leagues in Europe to have a winter break in their schedules.

German football enjoyed the longest stretch without a game this season - 22 days.


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