Wenger laments TV power over game

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims football has "sold its soul" to television, but maintains the Barclays Premier League has failed to take a strong enough stance against the broadcasters' demands over fixture changes.

Live domestic rights to top-flight English games for 2010-13 raised a total of £1.782bn, while overseas income from 212 countries amounted to £1.4bn, a major increase on previous deals. With such staggering amounts coming into the member clubs from the broadcasters, Wenger accepts altered schedules are now part and parcel of the modern game.

However, he maintains the governing body must do more to limit the impact those changes have on clubs throughout the league: "We have sold our soul and we do not control our fixtures any more. It is the truth and I cannot say the television is wrong, but it is not normal that you can have a direct influence on the schedule through the television."

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