FIFA Puts Plans for Lu­cra­tive New Club World Cup, Na­tions League on Hold

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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.

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