Premier League footballers to get two-week mid-season break

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English Premier League clubs will now go on winter breaks starting from February 2019.

The three-year deal, which represents the first time that Premier League TV rights have been acquired by a non-traditional broadcaster, will feature every club in the top flight across two full rounds of 20 matches per season, including Bank Holiday fixtures.

The 58-year-old first took over the reins in 1999 although his time in charge of the Premier League was not without its controversies, including the tapping-up charge against Chelsea over Arsenal's Ashley Cole, as well as investigations into widespread corruption.

The combined revenue of the big five leagues - in England, France, Germany, Spain and Italy - was 12.6 billion pounds, representing a 9 percent increase from the previous year.

The deal will also add to the rich legacy which Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore will leave when he steps down later this year after almost two decades in charge, first as chief executive and then in his present role since 2014.

Meanwhile, should Aston Villa and West Brom gain promotion to the Premier League next season, they could also partake in the stoppage of games through the period.

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"Today's announcement proves that football can come together for the good of the game".

"We very much understand, and support, the requirement and wishes of our colleagues across the game to introduce a mid-season player break".

"We have also found a way to give the players a much needed mid-season break, whilst keeping the much-loved Christmas schedule in place".

Now Amazon will join in showing games from the 2019/20 season with the electronic commerce company paying to show 20 games a season, 10 over bank holidays and 10 from the Boxing Day fixtures, which aren't all played on Boxing Day these days. "We will look to showcase the Sky Bet EFL during the two-week period".

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