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Fans may target Premiership sponsors

Supporters groups are considering targeting the Premier League's sponsors as part of a campaign to resist plans for a 39th round of fixtures played overseas.

The Football Supporters Federation will write to Barclays, title-sponsors of the Premier League, asking the bank to clarify its position on Richard Scudamore's proposal to take 10 matches to foreign cities from the 2010-11 season.

The FSF is campaigning against the proposals and will consider a boycott of sponsors if it is not satisfied that Barclays shares its concerns. It is also planning to contact other sponsors including Anheuser-Busch, the parent company of Budweiser, Nike, Lucozade's parent Glaxo-Smithkline and Wrigleys.

If it does not receive a satisfactory response from the sponsors then fans may be asked to withdraw their custom from the brands.

"All of the commercial sponsors who associate themselves with the Premier League and bask in the glory in the good times must also expect their role to come under scrutiny when outrageous proposals such as these are made," said a spokesman.

The FSF has launched a petition on its website www.fsf.org.uk and is planning a day of action at forthcoming Premier League fixtures. It will meet with supporters across the country this week.

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