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EPL Export plan - Protests and Criticisms.

The plans made by the English Premier League to play a 39th match abroad have caused much controversy and debate in England.

The Football Supporters Foundation have made a campaign to prevent the Premier League from staging an extra game in the season abroad.

They are calling for a boycott of EPL sponsors which include Barclays, one of the Worlds largest banks and the main Premier League sponsor.

The FSF seem to be sensing a victory after just one week since the proposals, but they will press on and host a series of nationwide meetings this week. This follows on from much anger and criticism from supporters in England.

The campaign has included an online petition and has called for supporters to cancel subscriptions to satellite broadcasters Sky and Setanta if the Game 39 plan isn't scrapped.

FIFA will meet with the EPL board next week, and the Football Association are also thought to be attending. Sepp Blatter, the President of Fifa is furious with the proposals and has threatened to charge the Premier League with bringing the game into disrepute. He also said that it could affect England's chances of hosting the World cup in 2012.

"It is an astonishing concept that is not acceptable to me, it will not be acceptable to the FIFA executive and it will not be acceptable to Congress. I thought it was a joke at the end of carnival season. It isn't."

"I think it is an anti-responsibility. If you are the most prosperous league in the world you have a responsibility to maintain it not only as a business, but as a game. But all of a sudden you come out with a project which only has business and money behind it."

Richard Scudamore, the Premier League Chairman, is looking into legal ways to circumvent FIFA, but this scheme is not popular with the fans at home. The Premier League see the potential financial benefits of hosting games abroad, and are unlikely to back down, but the tide is turning against them as potential hosts in Asia, the United States and Australia have distanced themselves from the plans.

If they do go ahead, they can expect a lot of opposition and protests, but will that stop them? We will be watching carefully.

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