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English FA requests new Premier League schedule for Manchester City and others next season

The English Football Association (FA) has formally requested that next season league matches between the top six sides should not be scheduled on the weekend before the commencement of the World Cup. The Premier League's final fixtures before the Mundial takes place on Nov. 12-13 and according to ESPN, the FA have asked that no games between Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham occur on that weekend. England manager, Gareth Southgate has expressed concerns about the eight-day turnaround between the pause in the domestic season and the first round of games in Qatar, with the Three Lions due to play Iran in Doha on the opening day, Nov. 21. Southgate highlighted the issue when speaking about the difficulties posed by a winter World Cup in March. "What would help is if we don't get a derby or those sorts of 'big six' games," he said at the time. "But it's not the fault of the League the World Cup is being held in the winter." The Premier League fixtures are generated at random through a system developed by Atos - a digital company which has been in use since the league's inception in 1992, however, it's subjected to certain "golden rules." These "golden rules" include no team playing more than two consecutive matches at home or away, and two clubs in close proximity in the same city - for example Everton and Liverpool or City and United - both playing at home on the same day for policing reasons. As a result of this, the FA believe it's imperative to add a special golden rule on a one-off basis considering the unusual scheduling of the World Cup in the middle of a club football season.

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