“For Sale, our national game, said The Mirror, adding ‘outrage at greedy plan’.
‘Football’s sold its soul,’ said The Express, ‘Global warning’ - The Sun, ‘They're killing our game,’ - Daily Mail.
The Independent weighed in with ‘Chase for cash threatens to rob game of founding principle,’ while The Times said ‘Fans furious at Premier League plans for world domination.’
In a comment piece the Daily Telegraph said that the plan was a bargaining chip to be used by the Premier League in discussions with the FA over giving players more time off from league games before internationals.
Every paper carried reaction from managers and former players, most condemning the idea for its logistical problems as well as an example of the game moving ever further from its traditional fan base.