AP sources: UEFA to ask FIFA to scrap August dates



LIMASSOL, Cyprus (AP) — Two officials with knowledge of the situation say European soccer’s governing body will ask FIFA to scrap the August dates for exhibition games.

The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an announcement by UEFA President Michel Platini is not expected until Thursday.

Europe’s 53 national federations agreed to the proposal in a meeting to discuss preferred changes to the soccer calendar, which dictates when clubs must release players for international duty.

European clubs contend the August games disrupt preparations for their season. However, the officials say UEFA members want to keep the number of days players must report to national teams each year.