posted on Jan, 28 2004 @ 02:58 PM
The Premier League voted tonight in favour of having a winter break during the football season.The break which will be two weeks in January is going
to be for a two year experiment.As long as the season fixture schedule can be balanced out and the practical differences overcome it has the green
light.If so, the experiment will begin next season, 2004-05, and continue for the following season before being reviewed.
There was fears of opposition to the proposal because of issues surrounding fixture congestion, which would be made even worse by a two-week
mid-season break.The only way to handle such a change would be start the season sooner, finish it later or reduce the number of matches in
between.There is little prospect of the Premiership being reduced in size, while the Carling Cup still has enough support - and a European place - to
continue and FA Cup replays remain set in stone. Therefore finishing the season later might prove to be the chosen option.