Manchester United and Man City set to be impacted by major Premier League fixture decision
The Premier League is to reportedly restructure its usual Christmas schedule in light of this year’s World Cup being held during the winter.
The tournament begins on November 21 with the final being held on December 18. The Premier League is due to commence a week earlier than usual on August 6 before it pauses on November 13.
It will resume on Boxing Day, which will be one of just three matchdays during the festive season. The December and January calendar is usually crammed with matches but this year, fixtures will only be played on December 26, December 29 and January 1, according to The Telegraph.
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The changes are set to be enacted to reduce burnout after the conclusion of the World Cup. As a result, FA Cup fixtures will be scheduled across the weekend of January 7, 2023.
The issue of player fatigue has come to the fore once again this month. Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne criticised the decision to schedule four Nations League matches during a non-tournament summer.
He’s received support from a number of fellow professionals, many of whom have not had a proper break since the outbreak of the pandemic. The gap between the staggered 2019/20 season and the 2020/21 campaign was minimal while a host of players competed in last summer’s European Championship.
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