Aleksander Ceferin: UEFA president says biennial World Cup would ‘cannibalise women’s football’ | Football News

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin reiterated his opposition to FIFA’s plans to organize a two-year World Cup, saying it would “cannibalize women’s football”.

Ceferin said the women’s tournament or Olympics would be affected if they were held in the same year as the World Cup finals.

European football’s governing body and its South American counterpart CONMEBOL have strongly opposed the idea of ​​a two-year World Cup, which according to FIFA President Gianni Infantino would create an extra $ 4.4 billion (£ 3, 3 billion) for the organization.

Ceferin (left) and FIFA president Gianni Infantino (right) disagree over plans to organize the World Cup more frequently

“Europe and South America are against (the plan) and those are the only (continents with) World Cup winners in history. The problem is that the World Cup has to be every four years to be interesting,” he said. said Ceferin at Expo 2020 Dubai Fair.

“Secondly, if it were every two years, it would cannibalize women’s football because it would be the same year as women’s football (World Cup), other sports, the Olympic Games – many mistakes.

“It’s just a bad idea and it’s not going to happen because it’s a bad idea, not because we’re opposed.”

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FIFA’s head of football development Arsene Wenger says opposition to plans for the World Cup to be held every two years is “emotional” and not based on “facts”.

FIFA’s plans had worried the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with attendees at a summit in early December expressing “serious concerns” about the proposals and its impact on the world sporting calendar.

“Why the Olympic Games every four years? Because it’s an event that you have to look forward to (a), that you have to wait (for) and you have to enjoy,” Ceferin added.

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“And it’s the biggest football event – it has to be every four years. But it’s very clear – 75% of the fans around the world reject the idea (of a biennial World Cup).”

Speaking at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai earlier this week, Kylian Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski both voiced their concerns about the proposed two-year tournament.

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France forward Kylian Mbappe and Poland forward Robert Lewandowksi express their concerns about organizing a World Cup every two years.

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