UEFA members in Turkey for last minute summit on FIFA proposals

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By Andrew Warshaw

March 7 – UEFA members are meeting in Istanbul today for an unpublicised strategic meeting that is expected to discuss competition format beyond 2024 and the eagerly anticipated FIFA Council meeting in Miami next week.

General secretaries and chief executives of UEFA’s entire 55-strong membership have been invited to Turkey for a one-day summit about which UEFA gave little or nothing away in advance.

“It has been scheduled for about the last three months or so,” one federation general secretary told Insideworldfootball.

“There is an agenda looking at longer-term competition format and some other strategic things to look at but I can’t say more.”

It seems highly likely, however, that Gianni Infantino’s pet $25 billion project to change the landscape of world football will come up in the discussions.

The concept has been widely criticised in Europe, not least by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin who has launched a number of broadsides at FIFA for not providing sufficient detail about the identity of the investors behind the eye-watering sums involved.

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