Trump's meddling is likely to work against US World Cup bid

Ruben Holloway
May 3, 2018

The FIFA president during the discussions said that an worldwide consortium, which last month tabled an offer to run the proposed competitions, would guarantee revenues of at least $25 billion over 12 years to create an expanded version of UEFA Nations league running on a two-year cycle for more than 200 national teams.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has pushed since March for approval within weeks from his ruling committee for a quadrennial 24-team Club World Cup and a biennial Nations League for all national teams.

According to reports from Reuters and Spanish publication AS, the new tournament could be staged as of October or November 2021, with a group of investors backing the global league idea.

The Confederations Cup, now staged every four years in a year before the World Cup, would be abolished.

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The plans were sent by Infantino to the members of FIFA's decision-making Council which still has to approve them.

It could lead to criticism that FIFA is over-complicating worldwide football and devaluing its flagship World Cup.

Trump's comments however risk incurring the wrath of FIFA, which has strict guidelines forbidding government intervention in football matters.

Europe's top leagues want colleagues on a UEFA panel to unite this month and oppose FIFA's $25 billion plan for new competitions. UEFA's inaugural competition will begin in September this year.

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While the Confederations Cup has a representative of each continent, as winners of their respective continental competitions compete against each other.

The idea will also change the current effectiveness of the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings systems as each continental league will have a relegation and promotion aspect to it. European countries would reportedly receive up to $75 million for winning the competition based on estimates from Infantino's time at UEFA, the AP reported.

The group, chaired by member of the La Republique En Marche, Mustapha Laabid, will feature Morocco's capability and advantages as host of the football world's 23rd premier tournament in 2026.

Infantino said the proposal would strengthen the "relationship between fans and the game", according to a letter to the FIFA Council obtained by the AP.

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