Swansea City want to be at forefront of Premier League revolution

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Swans chairman Huw Jenkins has spoken out in favour of scheduling a 39th Premier League fixture abroad.

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has thrown his support behind the proposition to expand the Premier League scheduling list from a set of 38 games, to one that includes a 39th fixture on foreign soil.

The idea of "game 39" was initially put forth at a meeting of the 20 Premier League clubs in the 2007-08 season, but was met with disapproval by FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

The proposal, though, gathered momentum as more club owners reacted positively to the thought of revolutionising the modern format of the division.

That was, until, May 2010 when the idea was supposedly shelved.

Swansea City chief Jenkins, though, sees the benefits: "I think it is inevitable it is going to happen," he said to Wales Online. "While we may not be 100% about it, as passionate football supporters just watching football as we have, it’s going to be a big change.

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

What is most important for Jenkins is to ensure the Swans are a part of the division when the change is made.

"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."

He continued: "The Premier League itself is looking to play different games in Asia, India, South Africa and America as well. All these things are going to expand and get bigger and bigger."

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