Toon Home Game To Be Played In Qatar?

Last updated : 08 October 2014 By Footy Mad - Editor

Imagine the outcry is if the Tyne-Wear derby was played in Japan!

The move has been discussed by Premier League chairmen at their most recent meeting but no firm plans have been drawn up.

Derby to be held abroad?

The Italians are also looking to hold games abroad - the Italian Super Cup clash between Juventus and Napoli will be played in Doha, Qatar on December 22.

Elsewher, the French Super Cup clash has taken place away from France for the last six years.

Club chairmen believe they could cash in on interest overseas but plans for a 39th game were dropped in 2008 following widespread opposition, including from FIFA and UEFA.

Huw Jenkins (speaking at a fans' forum): "I think it is inevitable it is going to happen.

"While we may not be 100 per cent about it, as passionate football supporters just watching football as we have, it's going to be a big change.

"The other side of that is we have got to make sure we are on the bandwagon with them or we are going to get left behind otherwise.

"There's definitely going to be a run of games played abroad in 12 months or two years.

"Whatever happens with the changes in the Premier League, we have got to be finishing high enough to be part of it.

"That's where it's going to be and where the money is.

"It's a sad reflection of where football is but unless we are part of that, it's inevitable we are going to fall behind.

"We have got to make sure, whether we like it or not, we are on board with it."