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F1 stars enjoy a boys' weekend
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F1 stars enjoy a boys' weekend

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Has the English Premier League finally admitted defeat in its quest for the infamous "39th game?". The league's chief executive Richard Scudamore appeared to signal as much to CNN when he admitted that fan opposition to the idea might prove insurmountable.

Back in 2008 the league and Scudamore came under sustained criticism for the mooted idea of playing an extra round of fixtures abroad -- dubbed the "39th game."

"The commercial imperative perhaps isn't there like it was seven or eight years ago," Scudamore told CNN's Kate Riley in a rare interview.

"I don't think it's as likely as it was then only because I think the fan reaction to it has been so negative in the UK.

"The core part of our show is that attending fan. Until you can get them comfortable with the idea I don't think it's really going to happen."

"The core part of our show is that attending fan. Until you can get them comfortable with the idea I don't think it's really going to happen."

Supporters have criticized the plan to take the game abroad on the grounds it threatened the EPL's integrity by not playing an equal number of games home and away, but Scudamore was still happy to defend the idea.

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