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Fixture list riles Swans

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has expressed his displeasure at the Christmas fixture list and claims most Premier League clubs are equally unhappy with the festive schedule.

Fixture congestion around Christmas and New Year has been a regular talking point in recent years. Laudrup made his comments when asked about the rescheduling of his side's Premier League fixtures due to their Europa League commitments, which continue in Russia tonight against Kuban Krasnodar.

All Saturday fixtures for clubs involved in Europa League games on a Thursday are moved to Sunday, so the Dane is at a loss as to why two games in three days are lined up over Christmas. He said: "If we play on a Thursday (in the Europa League) automatically our Saturday game is transferred to a Sunday. But at Christmas we have to play the 26th and 28th. That, I do not understand."

3Kuban Krasnodar v Swansea, 3e/itv4, KO 5.0