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UEFA president Aleksandr Ceferin tells FIFA’s Gianni Infantino NOT to proceed with World Cup vote


UEFA president Aleksandr Ceferin tells FIFA chief Gianni Infantino NOT to continue voting on Arsene Wenger’s proposal to host a World Cup every two years and warns it would have ‘terrible consequences’

  • FIFA could decide to vote for a World Cup every two years this week
  • The idea of ​​a biennial World Cup was conceived by ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
  • UEFA president Alexander Ceferin has told FIFA not to hold the vote
  • FIFA boss Gianni Infantino was criticized by football associations on Tuesday

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has warned his FIFA counterpart Gianni Infantino not to proceed with a vote on the plan for a biennial World Cup, saying such a move would have “terrible consequences”.

The FIFA Council will meet later on Wednesday and plans for a new international competition calendar, including Arsene Wenger’s idea of ​​a World Cup every two years, are on the agenda.

FIFA has scheduled a decision on the proposal in December and sources have indicated that they will be able to vote on December 20 for a ‘global summit’ of all 211 member associations.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin (left) has told FIFA chief Gianni Infantino (right) not to go ahead with a vote for a World Cup every two years

Arsene Wenger (above) is leading an effort to host the football tournament biennially

Arsene Wenger (above) is leading a bid to make the soccer tournament biennial

A decision on whether to hold an extraordinary congress or summit, with a vote on the proposals, could be made at Wednesday’s council meeting, but UEFA strongly opposes the idea.

On Tuesday, Infantino took part in a conference call with UEFA’s 55 national federations and the proposals were widely criticized and rejected.

A recording of the meeting has leaked in which Ceferin urged Infantino to withdraw from the vote on the issue in December.

“I seriously ask you and FIFA not to push for a vote as that could have dire consequences for football in general,” the UEFA president said.

Ceferin (above) and UEFA want Infantino to reject any vote on this issue

Ceferin (above) and UEFA want Infantino to reject any vote on the issue

“I don’t think it’s wise to vote on such an issue. Not only because there will be serious consequences that we will have to take, but also because the stakeholders such as clubs and leagues have no voice and this idea is harmful to their existence,” he added.

Officials from the Italian, Romanian, German, Portuguese and other federations made it clear to Infantino that they believed the changes would be detrimental to the game and also criticized the way the consultation process was handled.

Razvan Burleanu, president of the Romanian Football Federation, reminded Infantino that his body was one of those European associations that had supported him in his election as FIFA president.

“We trusted that you would create an organization that transcends division and creates unity,” he said before arguing that a vote in December would create division.

Infantino faced criticism in a recent conversation with several European football associations

Infantino faced criticism in a recent conversation with several European football associations

“(It would be) a vote that will pit Europe against Africa and the Caribbean football union,” he said.

Portuguese Football Federation CEO Tiago Craveiro said it would be a better idea to host an additional World Cup with only teams that had not qualified for the previous edition.

“Do you keep (your) word that FIFA will only go ahead with this project if it doesn’t harm anyone?” he asked Infantino, who said that idea would be investigated.

“We should try to find common ground,” Infantino said. “We will not proceed with a proposal if someone is harmed. I welcome the idea of ​​Tiago, this is something that the tech folks will study and definitely something we should look into.

‘My role as FIFA president is to facilitate the dialogue, to facilitate the proposals. I’m not the one who decides, you’re the one who decides.’

Infantino added: ‘the door is open to make other proposals’ regarding the future of the game and the competitions. FIFA is expected to issue a statement and hold a press conference after Wednesday’s council meeting.



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