English Premier League fixtures between Boxing Day and New Year have been dropped to counter concerns of player “burnout” after the World Cup in Qatar, according to a report from Telegraph.
The FIFA World Cup takes precedence throughout November and December, and festive English Premier League matches that usually take place on December 28 will be rescheduled, but fixtures on Boxing Day, New Years Day and January 2 are set to remain.
Domestic football returns on Boxing Day, eight days after the World Cup final in Doha, and the decision to reschedule the round of fixtures that usually take place on December 28 is to ease the toll on players.
The English Football League has also taken steps to protect its players, and will only have three rounds of matches during its normally-packed Christmas period – December 26, 29, and January 1.
The moves come following pressure from the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and the English Professional Footballers’ Association.
The English Premier League is set to announce club fixture lists today and will include dates for FA Cup third-round ties which will be played across the weekend of January 7.