December 30 – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is still fuming at the very idea of a biennial World Cup that continues to be trumpeted by his FIFA counterpart, Gianni Infantino.
In an interview with the Politico news portal, Ceferin is reported to have described the plan as “populistic bullshit” that would take money away from the European game.
Infantino has insisted that the concept is a win-win situation and that Europe will stand to gain considerable revenue along with the other regions of world football.
Bet Ceferin charged: “The biennial World Cup is a political move because FIFA tries to weaken the European associations, take money from them and distribute it elsewhere because that’s politically appealing.”
“The project is an absolute no-go for us.”
Čeferin also recalled the moment when the European Super League was launched by 12 of Europe’s top clubs and then collapsed almost overnight amid a tsunami of opposition.
“I didn’t sleep, eat or drink for 48 hours, because I had phone calls with governments and royal families … and pressures and threats.”
“The Super League was the worst because it was a personal betrayal by a person that I thought was my friend,” referring to its prime instigator Andrea Agnelli.
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