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Scottish Premier League asked to consider winter break

Wed 30th Jun 2010 | Football Governance

The Scottish Football Association has been called to look again at introducing a winter break by Motherwell Football Club Manager Craig Brown.

Speaking to the BBC, Brown says that the football calendar ought to be reviewed for the overall good of the sport in Scotland.

"We need a sensible playing season. We should alter the season and certainly have a winter break," he said.

"One of the reasons against it is the financial problems but we have to alter things in the interests of the game."

"If you look at Germany in the World Cup, they insist on a winter break and you can see how good they are doing both at club level and on the international stage, so we have to learn lessons whenever we can."

Scotland's Premier League scrapped its winter break in 2003 after some clubs complained about cash-flow problems. The break had been part of the SPL set-up since its formation in 1998, although the 2002 break was abandoned because of that year's World Cup.

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