14 Jan 2012

Wenger says football has sold its soul to TV

3:04 pm on 14 January 2012

The manager of Premier League side Arsenal Arsene Wenger says football had sold its soul to television companies

The Frenchman has hit out over fixture scheduling with all five of the London club's January matches being moved to accommodate television coverage.

Wenger says clubs don't control their fixtures any more and "it is not normal that you can have a direct influence on the schedule through television."

Arsenal's first two games of 2012 were screened on Monday evenings while upcoming league games against Swansea City and Manchester United will be played on a Sunday and the FA Cup tie with Aston Villa has been put back from Saturday January 28 to Sunday January 29.

The fourth-round clash with Villa will be televised on ESPN, causing Arsenal's league fixture with Bolton Wanderers the following Tuesday to be shifted to Wednesday.