FIFA hit back against Nations League proposals
FIFA will attempt to prevent South American countries from joining the European Nations League after plans for a revamped version of the competition were put forward by UEFA.
In December, UEFA vice-president Zbigniew Boniek revealed to Polish outlet Meczyki that: “From 2024 CONMEBOL will join the Nations League. We do not know yet in what form. We signed a memorandum about cooperation.”
FIFA were enraged having not been informed of the proposals. If they withdraw their sanction of the Nations League, it would relegate its status to effectively that of a friendly tournament.
It has already been confirmed that Euro 2020 champions Italy will face Copa America holders Argentina this summer, in what could become a regular fixture between the continents’ respective champions. The closer alliance between UEFA and CONMEBOL has come in the wake of FIFA’s proposals for a biennial World Cup; an idea strongly opposed by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
“The biennial World Cup is a political move because FIFA tries to weaken the European associations, take money from them and distribute it elsewhere, because that’s politically appealing,” the Slovenian told Politico.
“The project is an absolute no-go for us.”