West Ham and 19 Premier League clubs oppose FIFA World Cup proposal
West Ham and the other Premier League clubs have unanimously voted against FIFA’s plans of having a World Cup every two years.
According to The Athletic, all 20 clubs in the English top flight do not want to conduct the tournament biennially, citing issues like player welfare, fan experiences and the quality of the competitions.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is at the forefront of bringing about this change, but has been met with stern opposition.
Richard Masters, Premier League chief executive, said, “The Premier League is committed to preventing any radical changes to the post-2024 FIFA International Match Calendar that would adversely affect player welfare and threaten the competitiveness, calendar, structures and traditions of domestic football.
“We are open to reforms and new ideas, but they must enhance the complementary balance between domestic and international football in order to improve the game at all levels.”
To have such draconian changes is ridiculous, given how players are already unhappy about the games they have to play per season.
Wenger and FIFA see this as a money-making idea but it comes at the cost of so much.
Even fans are unlikely to be on board with the idea as it will take away the fun of having that tournament once every four years.
It is nice to see the Premier League clubs all in agreement over this decision as we have seen plenty of splits in the past.
The breakaway Super League is probably the most infamous one, but also Project Big Picture as well as about the five substitutes rule.
It remains to be seen how this World Cup development transpires, but it will be hard to get it done with so much resistance from the Premier League.
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