Date: 15th February 2008 at 1:25pm
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‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend’

It appears that a man who has often tried to stand in the way of everything that is good in English football could become the saviour of the Premier League.

Sepp Blatter, a man not unknown to have a harebrained scheme or two himself, thinks Scudamore and the Premier League’s idea to add a 39th fixture to the domestic season and take it to other countries is as idiotic as the majority of football fans in England.

Blatter has vowed not to let Scudamore turn the Premier League into a ‘circus’ and even threatened the country’s world cup bid should the move come to pass.

‘We will make a decision on 14th March at the meeting of Fifa’s executive committee,’ Blatter told the Mirror. We will say the national associations must not accept it. We must maintain football as a sport. It is not a show, or the Harlem Globetrotters, or a circus act.’

‘There is not any chance at all of me changing my mind. My mind is made up. If Mr Scudamore says this will help England’s World Cup bid let him say it. There are many candidates for 2018.’

‘I can’t imagine when you go against the decision-making body for the World Cup with an initiative that will not be accepted by that body, that it will enhance your chances.’

‘It will not be diplomatic. If you don’t accept the authority of Fifa then you can’t expect to win favour.’

‘To try to have additional exposure and revenue by expanding the league around the world, I think this is not acceptable,’

‘It will not be acceptable to the Fifa executive committee, I am sure. This will never happen – at least this will not happen as long as I am the president of Fifa.’

‘We have not been contacted before by the league to ask us what we think of this idea. You speak about rude but I think it is an anti-responsibility. If you are the most prosperous league in the world and if you accept that everyone in football has a responsibility to maintain it not only as a business, but as a game.’

‘Then, all of a sudden you come out with a project which only has business and money behind it.’