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He said: "Families are more important than football but the players will be training on December 24 and 25, and we play on Boxing Day.
"We look for responsibility with their ambition. Our families will suffer a little for the consequences of that, but we are all doing it for our professional ambitions.
"For the foreign players it is even more difficult than for the English ones because they cannot have Christmas in their own country, often they are without family here and they deserve respect. They are so committed."