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Premier League chief Richard Scudamore favors adding 39th game

Premier League chief Richard Scudamore favors adding 39th game Photo: Paul Sancya/Associated Press

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore says he is in favor of adding a 39th game to the schedule and the league's squads want the same thing, he told the BBC.

Each Premier League team currently plays 19 games on the road and 19 games at home. The proposal was brought up six years ago, but was quickly dismissed by soccer fans.

Scudamore thinks adding an extra game abroad would attract more fans. 

“The clubs wanted it then and they all would still probably want it now," Scudamore told the BBC. “It will happen at some point - whether it is on my watch, who knows?"

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Premier League often play friendly matches overseas. Manchester United and Real Madrid played in front of 109,318 fans at Michigan Stadium on Aug. 2. 

United and Liverpool played the International Champions Cup final in front of more than 50,000 fans at Sun Life Stadium in Miami last week. 

"What has been interesting over the summer, particularly in the US, watching those audiences, you could argue that we don't need to do it [bring in the 39th game]," Scudamore​ said.

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