European clubs angry at FIFA over ‘PR campaign’ around the biennial World Cup: ‘Players’ health at risk’ foreign football

FIFA is currently commissioning a feasibility study for the World Cup every two years instead of the current four-year cycle. Arsene Wenger, the former Arsenal coach who is now FIFA’s head of international football development, said earlier this month that he was “100 per cent confident” of the move. UEFA on Wednesday called on FIFA to halt the controversial plans. They are now joined by the European Club Association, which includes Ajax, Eindhoven, Feyenoord, Arizona, Vitesse, FC Utrecht, FC Twente and SC Heerenveen.

FIFA’s proposals will have a devastating impact on club football, both nationally and internationally. This is putting players’ health at risk,” wrote the NFL, which is particularly alarmed by FIFA’s current PR campaign.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino is visiting New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly. Infantino has agreements there with several government leaders, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. FIFA is communicating widely about this and regularly reports that the future of the competition calendar has been discussed in those conversations.

“The Egyptian Chefs Association is following with great concern and concern the launch of an active and much pretentious public relations campaign by FIFA, which apparently aims to introduce reforms to the competition calendar, in particular the presentation of the World Cup every two years.”

Several national coaches, including Sarina Wiegmann and Mark Parsons, spoke out this week against the biennial World Cup.

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