FIFA World Cup Plan Would Ruin Club Game – ECA

FIFA World Cup Plan Would  Ruin Club Game – ECA

Joel Ajayi  with Agency report

Europe’s top clubs organisation said on Friday, revealed that FIFA’s plans for a biennial World Cup would lead to a “direct and destructive impact on the club game”,

The European Club Association (ECA) said FIFA’s approach to the reforms of the international match calendar were in “direct and unilateral breach of certain legal obligations.

The association joined European soccer’s governing body, UEFA in opposing the proposals.

The ECA, which represents 234 European clubs, did not state what obligations it was referring to, but the organisation has made a series of agreements with UEFA and FIFA regarding the calendar.

“Football clubs have always been a fundamental and respected voice in shaping the future of the IMC (international match calendar).

“They are the cornerstone of football, being the drivers of competitions; the primary hub and home of player development and investment; and the fulcrum of fans and their local communities.

“This is why the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which governs the relationship between ECA and FIFA, places the IMC at its core.

“This MoU between the clubs and FIFA was agreed upon following detailed negotiations and joint approval on the IMC, as well as the processes that govern the IMC”, the ECA added.

FIFA is conducting a feasibility study into holding the World Cup on a biennial basis, a change from the current four- yearly cycle.

Arsene Wenger, former Arsenal manager, who is now FIFA’s head of Global Football Development, said this month he was “100 per cent convinced” about the benefits of the switch.


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