Middlesbrough chairman Gibson: Premiership doesn't need winter break

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson is against a winter break for the Premiership.

Gibson said: "I'd take some convincing about a two-week break.

"I've never heard anyone call football a daily grind. If they're tired rest them, that's why there are big squads."

He also told BBC Radio 5 Live: "We are talking about fit young men who are very well pampered, have the best diet in world, travel to games in luxury surroundings.

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"They stay in the best hotels, have the best doctors, physios, they have the best of everything.

"The problem at our football club is not the players who are playing but the ones who aren't and I haven't met a player yet who doesn't want more football."

And Gibson insists highly-paid professionals moaning about the physical demands of the game should feel more grateful for their "privileged profession".

"That's what the Premier League, international and European football is all about, the strongest teams winning with the strongest players.

"If the players aren't up to it they aren't up to it. There would be many players upset if they were forced to miss an international because someone perceived them to be tired.

"Any player complaining should come and do a 14-hour day in industrial Teesside. We're not asking them to go to Afghanistan or Iraq, we're asking them to play football."

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