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05 Nov 2010 22:00:19

Werner backs 39th game

Liverpool co-owner Tom Werner has revived talk of a controversial 39th Premier League game to be played overseas.The concept was met with criticism when it was initially suggested by Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore, with a number of fans and clubs voicing their disapproval.FIFA president Sepp Blatter also condemned the proposals, but Werner, who bought Liverpool last month along with John W Henry of New England Sports Ventures, believes the idea could still have legs.As well as Liverpool, NESV also own the Boston Red Sox and, after witnessing another NFL game being staged at Wembley, Werner believes the Premier League could succeed overseas.When asked if he supported the idea he told BBC Sport: "Absolutely. I think that first of all the EPL is the strongest league in the world and its reach is global."It's been very impressive to me the number of people globally who watch the EPL and we hope to expand that imprint. I think that the more important the game the more excitement. Friendlies are great, but why not have an actual match in season."


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