European Leagues oppose revamped FIFA Club World Cup and Nations League

European Leagues oppose revamped FIFA Club World Cup and Nations League

The plans were sent by Infantino to the members of FIFA's decision-making Council which still has to approve them.

The tournament, known as the "Final 8", would be the climax of a proposed global Nations League competition, part of an ambitious plan to reform worldwide football which FIFA believes could be worth $25 billion in a 12-year cycle.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has pushed since March for approval within weeks from his ruling committee for a quadrennial 24-team Club World Cup and a biennial Nations League for all national teams.

A 12-year deal with a Japanese-led, Saudi Arabian-backed consortium for the competitions would start in 2021.

It could lead to criticism that FIFA is over-complicating worldwide football and devaluing its flagship World Cup.

FIFA's ideas require taking weekend dates from European leagues for its own competitions to use.

Olsson said FIFA's proposed Club World Cup prize money would "increase the financial and sporting gap" between clubs playing in member leagues.

"This means that Federation Internationale de Football Association as an organisation would not benefit financially from this competition", he said in the letter, according to Reuters.

That would "further destroy competitive balance in domestic competitions", the Swedish official said.

"The European Leagues call on the World League Forum and all European football stakeholders, in particular UEFA, ECA and FIFPro, to join forces and take a firm position on occasion of the upcoming meeting of the Professional Football Strategy Council on the 16th of May so to firmly oppose and together stop this unilateral initiative from FIFA and the process which lacks of transparency and a proper consultation with the stakeholders", the statement added. Infantino did not disclose the investors due to signing a non-disclosure agreement.

"This process reminds me of the way the "old FIFA" acted which I thought we had left behind".

The France-Morocco Friendship Group intends to showcase its full support for Morocco to host 2026 World Cup.

The group, chaired by member of the La Republique En Marche, Mustapha Laabid, will feature Morocco's capability and advantages as host of the football world's 23rd premier tournament in 2026.

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