World Soccer

FIFA hit back against Nations League proposals

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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.”

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Allies…CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez (L) and UEFA’s Aleksander Ceferin (R)
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