FA facing club fury
LEADING Premier League clubs are on a collision course with the FA over playing friendlies during next year’s first-ever mid-season break.
The ruling body agreed to follow most of Europe in having a 13-day shut down from late January.
They scrapped replays in the FA Cup from the fifth round, while next season the actual fifth round will be staged in midweek, freeing up a Saturday to allow the Premier League schedule to catch up.
But Sunday Mirror Sport understands a number of big clubs are ready to go rogue and stage lucrative friendlies during the break.
An FA insider said: “It defeats the purpose of having a break.”