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Less is best for FIFA chief


THE head of FIFA wants fewer matches and tournament­s after the coronaviru­s crisis is over.

FIFA’S president Gianni Infantino (above) refused to give a date for a return of football, insisting that health must comes first.

But the Swiss lawyer said it was a time for reflection and a chance to make reforms to a chaotic calendar.

“Surely everyone is ready to take a step back, like us,” he said.

“It’s difficult right now, we don’t know when it will return to normal.

“But we look at the opportunit­ies.

“We can perhaps reform world football by taking a step back. With different formats, fewer tournament­s, but more interestin­g.

“Maybe fewer teams, but more balanced.

“Fewer games, to protect the health of the players, but more competitiv­e. It’s not science fiction, let’s talk about it.”

Infantino has successful­ly campaigned for the World Club Cup – currently held by Liverpool – to become a 24-team tournament held every four years, despite strong opposition.

The first event scheduled for 2021 will now be pushed back because of the one-year suspension to Euro 2020.

But this break could be used to try to align the dates of different competitio­ns like the Euros, Copa America and the Africa Cup of Nations before the Qatar World Cup in December 2022.

Big clubs want fewer internatio­nal windows but there will also be pressure to reduce the number of domestic matches by shrinking top flights to 18 clubs and getting rid of the League Cup.

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