Top clubs in new Club World Cup boycott threat against Infantino

Heather Diaz
March 16, 2019

Also Friday, the FIFA Council will be asked to approve the recommendations of a feasibility study into adding another 16 teams for the Qatar World Cup in 2022. "If the calendar is not modified, of course we can not agree".

"We all know the situation in the region, but we are in a lucky position in football that we only have to care about football", Infantino said.

No venue has been mentioned for the inaugural tournament, but it is scheduled to take the slot now reserved for the Confederations Cup in 2021. "If it doesn't happen, fantastic also", said Infantino.

Qatar is now embroiled in a bitter diplomatic dispute with fellow Gulf states Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE - meaning that the only realistic candidates to co-host the tournament are Kuwait and Oman.

"We came to conclusion, yes it's feasible to move from 32 to 48 teams at the World Cup provided certain conditions are met".

"We will work with FIFA to determine whether or not a viable operating model does exist and importantly, whether it is in the best interests for football and for the tournament, and for Qatar as the host nation".

Ahead of the meeting, the European Club Association wrote to FIFA saying none of its teams would participate in 2021.

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The US says sanctions will remain until Pyongyang destroys all nuclear sites. "That's Chairman Kim's word". The spokeswoman said the ministry had not confirmed why the North Korean officials decided not to attend.

According to a report from the Associated Press, the proposed expanded Club World Cup would be scheduled to take place in June 2021, in the slot where the Confederations Cup would have taken place.

The letter, viewed by the AP, was signed by top executives from 14 leading European clubs, including ECA head Andrea Agnelli of Juventus.

Infantino added that club football was "evolving at a different pace in different parts of the world" and it was Fifa's duty to put on an "exciting, prestigious and inclusive competition, and we'll have that with this Club World Cup, starting in 2021". European club seasons typically start around mid-August.

They said they are "firmly against any approval of a revised Club World Cup at this point in time and confirm that no ECA clubs would take part to such a competition".

The revamped FIFA Club World Cup will be played during the worldwide match calendar slot that corresponded to the FIFA Confederations Cup. "We have held some positive, constructive discussions and will continue with this vein".

"But it was our responsibility to take a decision because we have to deal with the organisational matters - it is only two years away".

It will be the first time VAR has been used at the tournament, having made its debut in the men's World Cup a year ago in Russian Federation.

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