Football: Fergie blasts Premier League over scheduling
LONDON (AFP) - Alex Ferguson has accused Premier League chiefs of damaging Manchester United's chances of winning the Champions League with their "ridiculous" scheduling.
Ferguson is furious his team must play Everton at Old Trafford in a Premier League fixture on Sunday, while Real Madrid, who host United in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Wednesday, have been allowed to bring their Liga clash with Sevilla forward to Saturday.
The United manager believes the extra time Madrid now have to recover could be crucial and he launched a scathing attack on the Premier League for failing to reschedule the Everton match.
"The Premier League agree the contract with TV and they are in control. But they are not giving our teams a chance to be successful in Europe," Ferguson was quoted as saying in several English newspapers on Saturday.