Monday, April 16, 2007

Premiership envy

Richard Scudamore, the chief executive of the Premier League, last night hailed English clubs' success at reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League, describing the Premiership as the "envy'' of other European leagues.

"Other leagues do envy what we are doing,'' said Scudamore, who has negotiated a raft of astonishingly lucrative television deals on the back of the attractive nature of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and other leading clubs such as Arsenal, last season's losing Champions League finalists.

"The Premiership is the best it has ever been in terms of success [in Europe] and the quality of football played. I am wowed often now by what I see in games. Look at last weekend: Portsmouth beat Man United, West Ham beat Arsenal, and then Watford beat Portsmouth and then we have this in the Champions League. It is hard to think it gets much better than this."

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