Premier League CEO hits back at ‘moaning’ Manchester Utd Boss

The Premier League's chief executive hit back at Manchester United's boss on Friday, saying David Moyes was simply having a "moan" when he questioned the fairness of the fixture list.

The comments follow complaints made by Moyes on Thursday. He said Manchester United's Premiership campaign will have the "hardest start for 20 years" as the club will face soccer giants Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in the first five weeks of the league.

The United manager said he found it "hard to believe" that the fixtures were drawn this way.

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But Richard Scudamore, CEO of the Premier League, told CNBC that he reassured Moyes that the fixtures were fair after he "had a moan" about them and was surprised when the United manager brought them up again.

"It was a bit of surprise to us yesterday. When the fixture list originally came out he had a moan and then we had a long conversation about it and I assured him about the way it was done and everything else, and as we always do we parted as friends."

Scudame compared Moyes to his predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson, who was known for complaining about fixtures, hassling referees and shunning media appearances.

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"David is a clever man and just like his predecessor, they don't usually waste a word," he told CNBC.

The premier league boss said creating the fixture list is complex.

"There is just a complexity to this fixture list," he said, adding that there was a need to meet the competing demands of broadcasters, soccer clubs and police to supervise games."

The Premiership kicks off on Saturday with Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal among the teams playing.

—By CNBC's Arjun Kharpal: Follow him on Twitter @ArjunKharpal and @CNBCWorld



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