Chelsea boss Grant criticises Blatter

Chelsea boss Avram Grant believes that Sepp Blatter has been too hasty in his rejection of plans to play Premier League games overseas.

The Fifa president stated on Friday that the proposals would never come to fruition while he was in charge of football's governing body and suggested that taking the game aboard would turn the sport into a 'circus act'.

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Grant though, who has supported the idea from the start, believes that as long as the additional fixtures are organised properly and are not cantered solely around financial gains then they could actually provide an exciting opportunity for top-flight clubs.

"I understand Mr Blatter but to say no to this idea, it is not the right thing," he said.

"We need to check many things but to play abroad you need to make the fixtures right. If everything is right I don't see any negative things about this.

"We can keep the tradition of the English League even if we play one game of the season away.

"The basis of football is not money. It is the only profession in the world that you are interested in because you have a lot of passion.

"I have had a lot of passion for this game since I was a child. You cannot separate this from the economic side.

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"If it is only about money, I am against it.

"There are many supporters of the Premier League abroad that maybe deserve one time of the year to see it live, then I don't think it is a bad idea.

"We need to be open and I cannot say 100 per cent that it is a good idea, but we need to think about it."

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