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The Financial Express

FIFA's Infantino seeks consensus over WC plans

| Updated: October 24, 2021 18:22:07


FIFA President Gianni Infantino visits Venezuela - Universidad central de Venezuela stadium - Caracas, Venezuela - October 15, 2021 FIFA President Gianni Infantino attends a news conference REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria FIFA President Gianni Infantino visits Venezuela - Universidad central de Venezuela stadium - Caracas, Venezuela - October 15, 2021 FIFA President Gianni Infantino attends a news conference REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria

FIFA president Gianni Infantino mentioned on Wednesday he wished to hunt consensus over plans for a biennial World Cup and modifications to the worldwide match calendar after dealing with fierce criticism from European federations.

FIFA’s ruling council agreed to carry a worldwide summit on Dec. 20 to debate the proposals for a World Cup to be held each two years reasonably than every 4 years.

However, Infantino didn’t commit to carrying a binding vote on the plans — after UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned against it, saying there could be “terrible consequences for football in general” if he pushed forward. learn extra

FIFA will now look forward to the outcomes of feasibility examination and likewise a financial evaluation of the monetary impression of the additional World Cup, that is anticipated to be delivered earlier than the summit.

A gathering between ‘technical teams’ of FIFA and UEFA can also be scheduled for the subsequent week, reports Reuters. 

Ceferin has mentioned UEFA would boycott an extra World Cup and his opposition to the plan has been echoed by European golf equipment and leagues.

Infantino famous the controversy had been “heated” however mentioned that it was an indication of change inside FIFA that such a wide-ranging session was being held.

“We will continue with the objective of reaching a consensus with solutions that work for everyone’s benefit. By hosting a global summit later this year, we will now have the opportunity to present one plan and to provide feedback to all our FIFA member associations,” mentioned Infantino.

There was, nonetheless, no robust try and promote the thought of a biennial World Cup from Infantino, who as an alternative emphasised that his position was to hearken to all viewpoints.

“We have to see how we can approach the different opinions of different parties,” Infantino instructed an information convention.

“We want to take a look at sporting and financial deserves, then we are able to have a reasoned dialogue about World Cups and maybe different competitions. I have no idea what the result might be,” he said.

FIFA will hold its next full congress in Doha, Qatar on March 31, ahead of the draw for the finals of the 2022 World Cup in the Gulf country.

The council also decided that the Club World Cup, which was planned to be held in Japan in 2021 but which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held in the United Arab Emirates in early 2022.

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