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Ferguson fumes over TV schedule


Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has blamed television schedules for creating "ridiculous situations" for teams playing in Europe.

The Scot said the vast amount of money pumped into the game by broadcasters means clubs have lost control of their fixture lists.

"When you shake hands with the devil you have to pay the price. Television is God at the moment," he told BBC North West Tonight.

"It shows itself quite clearly because when you see the fixture lists come out now, they can pick and choose whenever they want the top teams on television.

"You get some ridiculous situations when you're playing on Wednesday night in Europe and then at lunchtime the following Saturday.

"You ask any manager if they would pick that themselves and there'd be no chance."

Ferguson also claimed that clubs do not get enough cash from TV deals.

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The Premier League have seen the biggest growth in the value of television rights from overseas deals - the current deals are worth a total of £1.4 billion over three years, more than double the previous amount. Ferguson insisted the clubs deserved more however.

He pointed out the Premier League sold their product to 200 countries and added: "When you think of that I don't think we get enough money."

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