FIFA president backs off controversial biennial World Cup plan

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Gianni Infantino has drastically backed away from the plan to hold a biennial World Cup, telling world football leadership that FIFA had never proposed such an idea.

The FIFA president came under fire last year, particularly in Europe, for a proposal to increase the event’s frequency from four to two years apart.

But at the FIFA Congress in Qatar on Thursday, Infantino told the assembled world football officials that the sport’s governing body was not proposing the measure that threatened to divide the football world.

“Let me be very clear that FIFA did not propose a biennial process,” said Infantino. “The last FIFA Congress passed a vote, with 88% of votes, in favor of studying the feasibility of the World Cup every two years.” “The FIFA administration, under the leadership of the [ex-técnico do Arsenal] arsene [Wenger], then started a feasibility study… FIFA did not propose. It concluded that it is feasible, that it would have some repercussions and impacts.”

Infantino said there will now be a consultation and discussion phase.

“It’s the phase of listening to complaints and finding compromises. So looking at the leagues, the clubs and the players… we’ll try to have a debate and a discussion to find what’s best for everyone. benefit,” he said.

A February survey of 1,000 professional football players, organized by the global players union of the International Federation of Football Players (FiFPro), showed that three-quarters of them want to keep the tournament every four years.

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Translated to english by RJ983

From Brazil, by EBC News

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