The Football League has ruled out the possibility of a winter break for league clubs.
Talks are continuing among Premier League clubs in following Europe’s other top divisions in taking a break over the festive period due to fixture congestion.
However, the EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey has insisted Football League clubs will not discuss the possibility of a break.
He told the BBC: “We have been involved in the discussions to start with. The EFL won’t observe a winter break.
“We have a 46-game season. We need as many Saturday 3pm kick-offs as possible.
“The reality is if it is about giving the England internationals a break at the Premier League clubs, we can carry on without negatively impacting on that objective.”
One of the possible changes being discussed is Premier League sides taking turns to have a weekend off in January, Press Association Sport understands.
It is understood the FA is ready to give up replays after the fourth round of the FA Cup onward and the EFL would accept a one-leg semi-final for the Carabao Cup.
The Premier League is looking at a number of ideas and, while a break stretching over two weekends following the FA Cup’s third round is one of the options, it is believed that several clubs have suggested splitting a round of league fixtures over two weekends.
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