Rum­menigge slams 48-team World Cup

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BER­LIN: Fifa’s de­ci­sion to in­crease the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams was de­scribed yes­ter­day as non­sense by Karl-Heinz Rum­menigge, the head of the as­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sent­ing Europe’s pow­er­ful foot­ball clubs. Rum­menigge, chair­man of the Euro­pean Club As­so­ci­a­tion (ECA) which has 220 mem­bers and also chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ger­man cham­pi­ons Bay­ern Mu­nich, said Fifa should have been more demo­cratic and re­spon­si­ble in mak­ing the de­ci­sion this month. “The in­crease from 32 to 48 teams is ac­tu­ally non­sense,” he told an au­di­ence at the Spo­bis con­fer­ence in Dues­sel­dorf. “The World Cup is a most extraordinary event, it’s the big­gest sports event in the world and FIFA must deal with this mat­ter in a more re­spon­si­ble mat­ter and more demo­cratic,” he said, adding that the ECA had not been con­sulted over the change.

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