The 2019/20 season will see the introduction of a winter break for the first time in Premier League history, according to the Mirror.

Fixtures set to be released on Thursday morning will allow for a two-week break in February to allow players time to recuperate in the midst of a hectic campaign.

The Premier League has been under increasing pressure for some time to incorporate a winter break into its fixture list, with most other top leagues around Europe already doing so.

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Fans feared a December break would be detrimental to the traditions long-associated with the top flight, especially the much-anticipated Boxing Day and New Years day fixtures.

The FA’s compromise allows for five Premier League matches to be played during the first weekend and five in the second weekend of the two-week February break, so fans still get to enjoy football during that time, with the FA Cup fifth round also shifted to midweek to accommodate the change.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore explained: “It’s all come together at a nice time and it’s now definite.

“We will have this split weekend and we are calling it a ‘mid-season player break’. We’re not calling it a winter break. Why is that? Because we’re not breaking.

“We’re playing five games one week and five the other. I think that’s positive I think it’s good for English football.

“I have to compliment (former FA chief executive) Martin Glenn, he doesn’t see anything other than a successful Premier League as being good for English football.”

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