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Clubs demand internationals to be cut to six a year

European clubs want the number of dates for international fixtures cut to six a year from 2014. The current calendar allows for 19 international dates between the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, not including pre-Euro friendlies.

sports Updated: Sep 07, 2011 23:14 IST

European clubs want the number of dates for international fixtures cut to six a year from 2014. The current calendar allows for 19 international dates between the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, not including pre-Euro friendlies.

The European Club Association (ECA), which represents 201 of the continent's biggest clubs, has also demanded a greater say in future decisions and repeated its call to soccer's governing body Fifa for more transparency.

"Without our players, our employees, paid exclusively by the clubs, you cannot run the business, all federations have to recognise that," ECA president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

The association proposed an ideal number of 12 international dates, not including competitions such as the World Cup and Euro 2012, after the current calendar ends in 2014.

Manchester United chief executive David Gill said, "Six double dates over a two-year period still gives the right balance between the requirements of the national team and what the clubs want."

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