Swansea boss Laudrup criticises Premier League Christmas fixtures

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has hit out at the Premier League’s Christmas fixture schedule, Sky Sports has reported, claiming that other managers in the division also feel the same way.

Laudrup is concerned that Swansea will play two games in three days on December 26 and December 28, pointing out that UEFA insists on a gap of three days for teams playing in Thursday Europa League fixtures. “That is the least everyone has in all the leagues in Europe,” he added.

But at Christmas we have to play the 26th and 28th. At least until now that stands and both games are away. That I do not understand,” Laudrup continued.

Laudrup added that while the fixtures may be traditional in English football, it is not a tradition that is actually still common due to games being all-ticket, with the option of paying on the gate long removed. “Nowadays if you don’t have a ticket you don’t go,” he insisted.

Swansea are due to play two away games in late December, at Chelsea on Boxing Day and then Aston Villa two days later. The matches are part of a busy month for the Welsh club, as their Europa League participations means they face eight games in 27 days, starting with a trip to Manchester City on December 1.

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