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UEFA PRESIDENT CEFERIN THREATENS BOYCOTT OF WORLD CUP IF IT HOLDS EVERY TWO YEARS

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Farouq Oduola A.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has warned of a possible European boycott of the World Cup if FIFA’s plans to hold the tournament every two years go forward.

The International Football Association is reviewing the international fixture calendar, with former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger proposing a significant tournament every year.

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The World Cup would be rotated with continental events such as the European Championship and would be held every two years rather than every four years, according to the suggestions.

“We can choose not to participate,” Ceferin told The Times.

“As far as I’m aware, the South Americans are in agreement. So, good luck with such a World Cup.

“I believe it will never happen because it goes against so many of football’s fundamental beliefs.

“I believe it will never happen because it goes against so many of football’s fundamental beliefs. It’s a killer for the players to play a one-month tournament every summer. It clashes with the women’s World Cup and the Olympic football event if it is held every two years.

“It is valuable simply because it occurs every four years; you anticipate it; it is comparable to the Olympic Games; it is a major event. Our federations, in my opinion, will not endorse this.”

FIFA’s idea to hold the World Cup every two years, on the other hand, has gotten a “really positive response,” according to Wenger.

“Overall, I believe I have had a very encouraging response, but this is a democratic decision that will undoubtedly be taken by FIFA’s 211 member countries. I believe we will continue to consult with people” Wenger explained.

World Leagues Forum and European Leagues, which represent professional club competitions in their respective regions, have also spoken out against the Frenchman’s proposals.

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