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SportEuropean clubs say will boycott FIFA's Club World Cup

14:30  15 march  2019
14:30  15 march  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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MIAMI, Florida, March 15 (Reuters) - Europe's top clubs say they will boycott FIFA's proposed new Club World Cup, leaving FIFA president Gianni Infantino's latest plans in serious doubt and risking a major split in the world game.

Infantino had hoped to get backing this week for creating two new, potentially money-spinning, tournaments -- a new worldwide Nations League for national teams and a fresh 24-team Club World Cup to start with a 'pilot' edition in 2021.

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However, even before Friday's meeting of the ruling FIFA Council, Infantino was forced to drop the Nations League plan after his own task force found there was no consensus for such a tournament and a lack of space in the international calendar.

Infantino still wants to move ahead with his plans for a 'pilot edition' of a 24-team Club World Cup, with the council expected to allow the idea to move forward ahead of June's FIFA Congress which would be asked to endorse the plan.

But a letter to UEFA and Infantino from the European Club Association (ECA) head Andrea Agnelli, chairman of Italian side Juventus, and signed by 15 members of the organization's board, including officials of Manchester United, Barcelona and Ajax Amsterdam, made clear the opposition.

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The letter, sections of which were published in the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung says 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 ECA represents 232 European clubs, including all the leading teams who would be expected to feature in a Club World Cup.

The ECA says a decision on potential new competitions can only be made as part of an agreed framework for the international match calendar post-2024.

The ECA and FIFA were not immediately available for comment.

The Club World Cup is currently an annual seven-team tournament which attracts minimal interest in Europe -- the center of the football business.

UEFA, European football's governing body, is unlikely to fight Infantino's plans at Friday's council, with the proposal expected to be passed on to a further meeting ahead of June's congress.

But it is hard to see how a 2021 edition could go ahead without the star attractions -- Europe's top clubs.

The FIFA Council is also expected to decide to continue exploring plans to expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams with the possibility of additional hosting in other countries. (Reporting by Simon Evans Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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