Football: Premier League clubs discuss plans to stage matches overseas

Chelsea's Nemanja Matic (left) challenges Arsenal's Danny Welbeck during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London on Oct 5, 2014. English Premier League clubs have discussed playing a regular season round of 10 matc
Chelsea's Nemanja Matic (left) challenges Arsenal's Danny Welbeck during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London on Oct 5, 2014. English Premier League clubs have discussed playing a regular season round of 10 matches abroad in the future, according to British media reports. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

LONDON (REUTERS) - English Premier League clubs have discussed playing a regular season round of 10 matches abroad in the future, according to British media reports.

The league's chief executive Richard Scudamore was widely criticised six years ago for a plan to introduce an extra match for each club - the so-called "39th game" - at venues in Asia, the United States, Australia and elsewhere.

However, at the start of this season, he claimed clubs still supported the idea.

The new plan, it was reported on Wednesday, would be for one of the existing 38 rounds of 10 fixtures to be played at various venues around the world.

The Times said that the proposal had been discussed at a meeting of Premier League club chairmen and chief executives last month.