MANAGERS have demanded a six-week break for exhausted players who have been at it since as far back as August.
Poor results in the Champions League have been blamed on a gruelling schedule which requires players to be on the pitch for between 90 and 180 minutes every week, often with as little as four days’ break in between.
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, said: “You should have seen them after the Dortmund game, slumped on their benches, breathing heavily, their brows dusted with a sheen of sweat. It’s inhuman.”
The draft schedule calls for a six-week autumn break from late August to mid-October, followed by an eight-week winter break from November to January. A final spring break would run from mid-March to mid-April.
Clubs have confirmed that they will use the extra time to play a series of debilitating but lucrative exhibition games abroad.