European Leagues oppose new FIFA competitions

05 May, 2018, 21:44 | Author: Diane Mills
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"To present a long-term 12-year plan with lots of uncertainty and a lack of information sounds, to me, like a "can of worms", said Lars-Christer Olsson, president of the European Leagues.

A 12-year deal with a Japanese-led, Saudi Arabian-backed consortium for the competitions would start in 2021.

FIFA's ideas require taking weekend dates from European leagues.

However, European Leagues - which includes the Premier League, La Liga and the Bundesliga among its membership - is also concerned that the potential distribution of funds from club tournaments to successful teams would increase the financial gap between top teams and those not involved.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is expected to draw as many foreign tourists to Russian regions as they usually receive throughout the whole year, a local organizing committee senior executive said on Wednesday.

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That would "further destroy competitive balance in domestic competitions", the Swedish official said. What we have experienced is a clear lack of consultation and transparency, and an intentional manipulation of the decision making structure by Federation Internationale de Football Association in presenting these proposals.

"This process reminds me of the way the "old FIFA" acted which I thought we had left behind", Olsson fumed.

Europe's professional football leagues said Thursday they opposed FIFA plans to expand tournaments at club and global level.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has wished success to the national squad in the FIFA World Cup matches and expressed the hope that all players will display remarkable willpower and determination to fight to the bitter end.

The body representing Europe's major leagues has issued its sternest warning yet over Gianni Infantino's controversial plans to change the face of global football as fresh details emerged about the scale of his proposals. UEFA sees threats to the worldwide appeal and commercial value of its Champions League, while the Nations League proposal - including an elite eight-team final tournament - was created by UEFA previous year.

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