The Premier League and the EFL have expressed their opposition to a FIFA World Cup
every two years.
The leagues are members of the European Leagues group, which released a statement
on Thursday morning and the statement read: “The leagues have firmly
and unanimously opposed any proposals to organize the FIFA World Cup every two
years.“The leagues will work together with the other stakeholders to prevent football
governing bodies to take unilateral decisions that will harm domestic football which
is the foundation of our industry and of utmost importance for clubs, players and
fans across Europe and the world.
“New competitions, revamped competitions or expanded competitions for club and
national team football both at continental level and/or at the global level are not
the solutions to the current problems of our game in an already congested calendar.
“The football calendar definitely requires the agreement of all stakeholders and can
only be the result of a subtle balance between club and national team football and
between domestic and international club football.”
Considering the ongoing tussle between FIFA and the Premier League about
South American players, perhaps it’s best to avoid a World Cup every two years.
Thanks to the chaos, Manchester United has to be without Fred for the next two
games as a result of a ban.
With Covid-19 regulations in place, things are not what they used to be. And if
quarantine rules are not eliminated soon, it makes no sense to complicate the
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, now FIFA’s head of global development,
is consulting across the game about the plans and is due to address the media about
it on Thursday afternoon.
Football Supporters Europe wrote to UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin last week
about its misgivings regarding the plans, and the European football chief replied to
express his own “grave concerns”.
The European Club Association (ECA) said earlier this week that consultation was
key, with its new chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the chairman of Paris Saint-Germain,
saying it was crucial that no “unilateral” decisions were made.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday he hoped a decision would be
made by the world governing body’s member associations by the end of the year.