People terrified of World Cup change: Infantino


FIFA president Gianni Infantino accused these against altering the frequency of the World Cup to each two years of being terrified of change and wanting to maintain their elevated standing within the recreation as Africa on Friday backed the plans.

In a veiled dig at confederations in Europe and South America, who’ve come out in opposition to the plan to vary the present four-year-cycle, Infantino mentioned they didn’t need issues to vary as a result of they had been on the prime of the game.

He was talking on the Confederation of African Football congress in Cairo, the place African nations on Friday unanimously voted for a decision backing his plan to vary the internet hosting of the World Cup to each two years.

“Those who are against it are those at the top. It happens in every sector of life when there are reforms and changes, those who are at the top don’t want anything to change because they are at the top,” mentioned Infantino.

“And they’re afraid possibly that if one thing adjustments, their management place is in danger. We perceive that and we praise and applaud them for having been so profitable in reaching the highest. This is implausible, and they’re an instance for everybody.

“But at the same time, we cannot close the door, we need to keep the door open, we need to give hope and opportunities,” he added.

Infantino insisted rising the frequency of the internet hosting of FIFA’s flagship occasion would provide extra alternatives to nations outdoors of the highest tier of the world recreation.

“We need to offer more chances for world football, for African football to shine at the world stage.”

Infantino mentioned he would proceed to seek the advice of opinion on his proposal however gave no timeline for its doable implementation.

UEFA has mentioned a brand new schedule would have an hostile influence on the steadiness between native, home, continental, and worldwide competitions.

CONMEBOL, the South American physique, mentioned the mission “turns its back on almost 100 years of world football tradition”.

The World Cup will improve its variety of finalists from 32 to 48 on the 2026 version, which is being co-hosted by Canada, Mexico and the US.

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