FIFA to examine Premier League plans

February 8, 2008

FIFA will examine the Premier League's controversial plan to hold some matches overseas, the world governing body's president, Sepp Blatter, announced on Friday.

Under FIFA's statutes, any competitive fixture played in a foreign territory needs the approval of the body's executive committee as well as the football association of the country in which the game is to be played.

FIFA will now ask the Premier League for the official documents relating to their proposals to hold 10 league matches in foreign cities from the 2010/2011 season.

Blatter said: 'FIFA has been made aware through media reports of these plans. We will expect official documents from the Premier League to be sent to us and the matter will be brought to the attention of the executive at our next meeting, who will then look at the matter.'