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Premier League won't take legal action against FIFA

The Premier League has categorically dismissed reports that it is preparing to take legal action against Fifa to prevent the world governing body from scuppering its plan to play fixtures abroad from the 2010-11 season.

Fifa yesterday voiced it opposition to the "Game 39" proposal and suggested it would use its influence to discourage national associations from granting permission to English club to play league games in their jurisdictions.

A report in Friday's London Evening Standard claimed that the Premier League is "prepared to threaten court action" to defend what it perceives as its right to play games abroad if it so wishes.

However, a Premier League spokesperson rubbished that claim. "I don't know where that report has come from," the spokesman told guardian.co.uk.

"It's simply not true. That's not something we're considering at this time."

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