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EXCLUSIVE: Man Utd hero Blackmore passionately supports winter break introduction

Manchester United legend Clayton Blackmore has passionately backed the idea of implementing a winter break for the Premier League.

Other top leagues in Europe - Germany, Italy, Spain and France - all take time off during the middle of the season.

The Football Association has said there won't be any talk of a break being implemented until after the current T.V expires in 2019, citing financial issues as the cause for the delay.

Calls for a winter break have increased in recent times. Pep Guardiola said in January that the festive period was "killing the players." His counterpart, Jose Mourinho, echoed the sentiment and went a step further by stating the lack of a break was effecting English clubs chances in the Champions League.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Tribalfootball, Blackmore agreed with both managers.

"There not really helping the British teams," he said. "The other countries have easier leagues, the top four or so teams can breeze through because the league isn't as hard.

"We don't have a month off around Christmas. Everyone else has got a game off, but in England they say, 'let's just have another four games on top'. It's crazy.

"It's about making money, isn't it? All the fans want to do something after Christmas and everybody likes it but it's not physically possible.

"One of the games this year we had to play Saturday then Monday. You've got one day to recover! It's impossible."

The new Premier League T.V rights deal, which will run from 2019 to 2022, is set to be announced to the public next week. The idea of a winter break has been included in the tender sent out to broadcasters.

The BBC opened a public poll on the issue. And results showed that 58% percent of voters were in favour of seeing the winter break implemented.

Andrew Maclean
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