Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger has said the English Football (FA) should ignore calls for the cancellation of the Christmas and Boxing day English Premiership games.
The Gunners boss, Wenger had said the calls by Manchester United coach, Louis van Gaal, that the games were “evil” should not be honoured as the games represent the English football tradition, despite the manager packed festive schedule.
Louis van Gaal had stated in the 2014/2015 season that the FA should review the schedule to accommodate a winter break like other top European leagues as the schedule was taking its toil on players.
Wenger said he was going to cry if the plea was taken by the FA, adding that though he opposed the schedule when he first arrived England but has come to love it.
However, Wenger further stated that he would support the introduction of a mid-season break after January 1.
Wenger said, “I have a lot of respect for Louis van Gaal but I don’t agree with him on that.
“Maybe it’s because I’ve been in England for such a long time. I had his ideas when I arrived here but today I would cry if you changed that because it’s part of English tradition and English football.
“To suppress the game on Boxing Day, the whole of Europe comes to England to watch the game. It’s a very important part of us being popular in the world, that nobody works at Christmas and everybody watches the Premier League.
“I want to go on with it. I always pleaded for a break after January 1, but we have to keep this tradition alive,” he added.
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