Sunderland boss Roy Keane has become the highest-profile name to back English Premier League plans to stage some matches across the world.
Fergie Fury: Sir Alex Ferguson is angry that club managers, including himself, were not consulted before the Premier League made public their plans for an 'international round' of matches.
How the game is changing shape
Football League founded, with 12 clubs, three years after the Football Association had sanctioned professionalism
Second Division formed and promotion and relegation introduced, with two places contested via "test" matches between the bottom two teams in the First Division and top two in the second
League expanded to two divisions of 18; automatic two-up two-down promotion and relegation introduced
Top flight expanded to 22 teams as football resumes after the first world war
Number of promotion and relegation places increased to three
Three points for a win introduced
Promotion and relegation play-offs initiated involving third-, fourth- and fifth-placed teams in the Second Division and fourth-bottom team in the First Division
Play-offs to involve only the third- to sixth-placed teams in Second Division
First Division increased to 22 clubs
Breakaway Premier League formed