Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore insists that plans to play a round of matches abroad are still alive despite widespread condemnation of the proposals.
“It’s certainly not a dead duck,” he told a House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport committee on Tuesday.
“Clearly we are not going to take this forward if their doesn’t meet with some form of acquiescence from Fifa,” he said.
“Certainly the FA and Football League will have to comfortable with whatever move and direction we take.
“We have got until January 2009 to shape any proposals, to consult widely and properly, and to see how we manage to move forward with what is now a global sporting phenomenon.”
Mike Hall, MP for Weaver Vale, pointed out that a relegation-threatened club could end up playing the title-holders three times.
“It’s already fatally flawed – it’s a completely barmy idea,” Hall said.
Scudamore did admit for the first time that the plan might be scrapped.
He added: “If it’s deemed not to be worth it we will think again about our global expansion.”
FA chairman Lord Triesman also raised a number of issues that caused concern including the damage the plan might have on the national side, the detrimental impact it might have on England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup, the negative reaction of supporters and the threat to the integrity of the league.
Scudamore confirmed that the consultation process will start with the FA this week, followed by a meeting with Fifa before the end of the month.