The Association of European Clubs accuse FIFA of violating legal obligations with their hustle to modify the sport and have more control
Clubs across Europe joined forces on Friday to reprimand FIFA for trying to break through their plans to host World Cups every two years. and they warned of the destructive impact it would have on world football.
The President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino has enraged the European Club Association (ECA), which accuses the governing body of sport worldwide of violating legal obligations with his hustle to radically modify the sport and gain more control.
FIFA has been airing to the media interviews conducted internally with retired players and former coaches in a hasty attempt to gain the support of national associations. for the plan to double the frequency of the men’s World Cups from every four years to two, while making the women’s tournaments look like an add-on.
UEFA has previously raised concerns about FIFA’s conduct and now the ECA is added to that, which represents 234 clubs on the European continent.
The ECA indicated that it would support a more balanced approach to team and national soccer by reducing the five windows that typically open in a year for players to be loaned. for matches of their national representatives in order to reduce the burden on footballers. It is the apparent lack of commitment on the part of FIFA towards the new agreed schedule of friendly and official team games for 2024 that is unsettling for clubs.
“Therefore, the ECA has followed with grave concern and alarm FIFA’s launch of active public relations campaigns and much pretense,” the club association said in a statement to The Associated Press, “apparently seeking to make way for the reforms to the FIFA dates, particularly with the introduction of a biennial World Cup ”.
All 211 FIFA member associations have been invited to an online dialogue on the new match schedule on Thursday.
Plans surfaced again in May, when the Saudi Arabian federation nominally proposed to congress that FIFA explore the possibility of hosting biennial World Cups. The Saudis have emerged as one of Infantino’s closest allies, who has paid several visits to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman this year.