FA fac­ing club fury

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Nou Camp Flashback - BY JOHN RICHARD­SON

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.”

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