World Cup debate: UEFA calls for talks with FIFA

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Vienna – Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 9:59 p.m.

According to the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (Thursday edition), UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has called for a meeting with FIFA boss Gianni Infantino in the dispute over the future rhythm of soccer World Cups.

As the newspaper reports, the 55 member associations of the European Football Union discussed the proposal on Tuesday to hold the World Cup every two years instead of the previous four years.

In a letter, Ceferin then asked World Association President Infantino to hold a summit meeting exclusively with UEFA. In it, the Swiss should explain the plans in detail. According to the SZ, however, Infantino wants to schedule a meeting with ten national associations from all continents.

Resistance to the proposal made last week by a working group of FIFA advisors is particularly strong in Europe and South America. Ceferin had even threatened to boycott the World Cup if the rhythm changed.

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