Sir Alex Ferguson believes “Television is God at the moment”

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Updated: September 27, 2011

Sir Alex Ferguson believes that television has too much power in English football and that “Television is God at the moment.”

The legendary 69 year old also feels that clubs have lost control over the fixture list and that this is having a detrimental effect on English clubs in Europe.

In an interview with BBC North West Tonight Ferguson revels that football is at the mercy of television because of the sheer amount of money that they pour into the game.

“When you shake hands with the devil you have to pay the price,” he said. “Television is God at the moment.”

He added: “It shows itself quite clearly because when you see the fixture lists come out now, they can pick and choose whenever they want the top teams on television.

“You get some ridiculous situations when you’re playing on Wednesday night in Europe and then at lunchtime the following Saturday. You ask any manager if they would pick that themselves and there’d be no chance.”

Putting Sir Alex’s words into context, the Premier League television rights deal was last renewed in February 2009 when Sky reportedly paid in excess of £1.6bn to show five 23-game packages from 2010-13.

Irish based broardcaster Setanta paid £159m for one bundle of 69 matches over the three years however this package was later taken over by ESPN.

So far this season the Premier League champions have appeared on television six times and will appear three more times before the end of Novemeber.

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