OPINION: The Winter Break should have been given The Cold Shoulder
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The Premier League have today announced that a two week period in Feburary will be allocated as a winter break from the 2019-2020 Premier League season, with ten teams sitting out each weekend. As part of the deal, 5th Round FA Cup matches will move to midweek, with replays being scrapped. This decision is absolutely pointless in my view. Thankfully, the EFL have managed to avoid clamering to the peer pressure and have confirmed that the three other divisions will remain untouched, with full programmes of fixtures taking place on all of these allocated weekends. The FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn was quick to crow about the achievements and the insipid soundbites smack of cliches often trotted out to excuse failures. "It's no secret that we have a very congested fixture calendar and over recent years we have been working with the whole game to find a solution." Meanwhile, the official brand statement called it"a significant moment", one that "will greatly benefit club and country" in the long term. To coin Mark Hammill- this is not going to go the way you think. Already the weekend in question clashes with UEFA Champions League and Europa League action, so I doubt the top teams are going to welcome a disrupted and congested midweek schedule. The timing of the break isn't exactly the winter either- thankfully the FA haven't tried to tarnish the classic Christmas schedule as so many fans feared, but instead have gone much later.
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