Olympics chiefs demand more talks with FIFA over their controversial plans to host a biennial World Cup, insisting they ‘share the concerns’ of other sports bodies who have criticized Arsene’s plans Wenger
- IOC wants to discuss more with FIFA about its plans for the biennial World Cup
- Olympic governing body said it “shares” concerns expressed by others
- FIFA members set to vote on Arsene Wenger’s proposals in December
The International Olympic Committee wants to have more discussions about the controversial plans of the world football body FIFA to host the World Cup every two years instead of every four.
FIFA’s proposals are expected to be voted on in December by the 211 member associations of world football’s governing body, with President Gianni Infantino, also an IOC member, traveling the world to rally support for the plan, which was led by former Arsenal manager Arsene. Wenger.
But the plan has met with strong criticism from a number of continental and national federations, player groups as well as fans.
IOC said it “shares” concerns over FIFA plans for a World Cup every two years
The IOC, led by President Thomas Bach, said it supports “wider consultation” on the proposals
UEFA, the European football body, said there were many concerns about the impact of such a change, including the “dilution” of the value of the World Cup, the risks of overworking the players. players and women’s football suffering from the annual men’s tournaments.
“A number of international federations of other sports, national soccer federations, clubs, players, players’ associations and coaches have expressed strong reservations and concerns about plans to generate more income for FIFA, “the IOC Executive Board said in a statement.
He said those concerns were related to the impact that a World Cup every two years could have on other sports, player well-being and an increase in men’s events impacting the equality of players. sexes.
“The IOC shares these concerns and supports the calls of football players, international sports federations and organizers of major events for a wider consultation, including with athlete representatives, which has obviously not taken place.”
The plan has been criticized, with UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin expressing concerns
European and South American clubs, leagues and confederations are confident they can stop the plan regardless of the outcome of a vote, multiple sources told Reuters, raising fears of a damaging split in international play.
UEFA has threatened to boycott an additional World Cup, while South American organization CONMEBOL is also opposed to the plans.
Despite many objections, Wenger believes football is preparing for a biennial World Cup and has called on critics to come up with a more enjoyable alternative.
“I consulted everyone and asked them two questions. 1. Do you want things to continue as they are? 100 percent said no. 2. Do you have any ideas to reorganize the international calendar? I’m open to any ideas, ”he told L’Equipe via GetFrenchFootballNews.
Arsene Wenger said football is heating up at the idea of a biennial World Cup
“Between 80 and 90% of people like the idea of reorganizing the qualifying rounds, shortening them and making way for international competition.
“A World Cup every two years, there was more reluctance towards him because there is something emotional about it. We are all in this routine and cycle of a World Cup every 4 years that feels natural. But when you look at the story, it’s not that natural.
“I am open to all suggestions and criticisms. They are welcome to me. It’s not a personal struggle for me. The only thing I ask is that those who criticize the project, give me something better. But don’t try to belittle my credibility. I would rather people criticize the project and tell me why. ‘