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Football League "disappointed" with Friday evening Premier League games

The Premier League's plan to stage some matches on Friday evenings has not been welcomed by the Football League. Up to 10 top-flight games per season could move as part of a new television deal, which will commence in 2016.

Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said the move was "disappointing as this slot has traditionally been used by the Football League for its own televised matches".

"While it's frustrating and will make our job of meeting our own contractual commitments harder, we do nevertheless understand the pressures that are building on the fixture calendar," he continued.

"The pressures are being created mainly by the expansion of European club competitions because leagues are prohibited from broadcasting their matches on the same night."

Harvey added: "The broadcasting of Premier League matches on a Friday night at the level being proposed will always be more preferable than the idea of the entire Premier League fixture schedule being shown live, or matches being shown at 15:00 on a Saturday, as this could have catastrophic consequences for our clubs."

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