FIFA Puts Plans for Lucrative New Club World Cup, Nations League on Hold
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has delayed any decision over his plans for a lucrative new Club World Cup and global Nations League amid widespread opposition, instead of setting up a task force to further look into the proposals. Speaking at a press conference in the Rwandan capital Kigali, Infantino said the task force will present its “concrete proposals” at a meeting in Miami next March. The plans have been harshly criticised by opponents who say the international calendar is already overcrowded and have accused the FIFA president of using the projects to help win votes for re-election in June next year.
The delay will be seen as a way of appeasing the likes of the World Leagues Forum, a grouping of professional leagues, which sent a letter to Infantino demanding that no final decision be taken in Kigali and lamenting the lack of any consultation.