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UEFA clubs threaten to boycott FIFA’s Club World Cup

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Europe’s top clubs say they will boycott FIFA’s proposed new Club World Cup, leaving FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s latest plans in serious doubt and risking a major split.


Infantino had hoped to get backing this week for creating two new, potentially money-spinning, tournaments.


This will be a new worldwide Nations League for national teams and a fresh 24-team Club World Cup to start with a “pilot’’ edition in 2021.

However, even before Friday’s meeting of the ruling FIFA Council, Infantino was forced to drop the Nations League plan.


This came after his own task force found there was no consensus for such a tournament and a lack of space in the international calendar.


Infantino still wants to move ahead with his plans for a “pilot edition’’ of a 24-team Club World Cup.

The council is expected to allow the idea to move forward ahead of June’s FIFA Congress which would be asked to endorse the plan.


But a letter to UEFA and Infantino from the European Clubs Association (ECA) head Andrea Agnelli, chairman of Italian side Juventus, made clear the opposition.


It was also signed by 15 members of the organisation’s board, including officials of Manchester United, FC Barcelona and Ajax Amsterdam.


The letter, sections of which were published in the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, says they are “firmly against any approval of a revised Club World Cup at this poisition.

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