Richard Scudamore, the chief executive of the Premier League, has criticised the Football Association for appearing to pass the blame onto the competition for the failings of the England team, Sky
Tensions between the two governing bodies were enflamed when the fixtures for the new season were announced – and matches pitting the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur against each other were scheduled to be played the week before a set of crucial international fixtures.
England play World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine days after the north London derby and the meeting of United and the Reds, raising the ire of England manager Roy Hodgson, who had hoped the England players among those clubs would have a less fierce fixture before leaving for international duty.
It was claimed that the Premier League did not care about the success of the England team, with the fixture scheduling allied to complaints over the lack of English players among Premier League teams. But Scudamore believes the FA are merely looking for someone to blame rather than turning their attention inwards. “ It seems to me that if England don’t win something it is someone else’s fault,” Scudamore said.
“I have never, in my 15 years with the Premier League, said the competition’s success or lack of is someone else’s fault. We have not won the World Cup since 1966. The Premier League didn’t start until 1992. What happened between 1966 and 1992? Whose fault was that?”
Scudamore continued: “Let’s run the reverse argument. Where does that leave the people at the FA in terms of their accountability? It frustrates me enormously because it is so palpably not true. It cannot be our fault on any level.”
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