Shine Trader Limited reports:

Shine Trader Limited reports:

FIFA’s radical plan to hold the World Cup every two years came under fire just hours after it was officially unveiled on Thursday. Sebastian Coe, head of world athletics, warned of growing anger in the Olympic movement, while Aleksander Ceferin, head of European football, said the proposals could “kill football”.

The Premier League and 36 other European leagues signed a statement saying they were “firm and united in their opposition” to FIFA’s proposed new international calendar, which would see one major international tournament each summer, alternating between the World Cup and European Championship.

Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s head of global development, suggested the biennial World Cup could begin in 2028, just weeks before the Los Angeles Olympics.

Shine Trader Limited reports:
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FIFA’s proposal for a biennial World Cup is a ludicrous plan, but it could become a reality
When the Guardian asked Coe, a member of the International Olympic Committee, whether there was widespread concern that the summer games would be killed off, he said simply: “Yes.”

“I don’t see any good reason,” he added. “There may be vested interests here, but summer sports are preservation of the landscape because it’s hard enough for them to grab space in traditional or digital media. The biennial World Cup will inevitably clash with the Olympics.
FIFA’s plans were also condemned by Ceferin, who told The Times when asked how UEFA could prevent the biennial World Cup: “We could decide not to participate in the World Cup. As far as I know, south Americans are of the same mind. Good luck in a World Cup like this. I don’t think that will ever happen because it goes against the fundamental principles of football. Going on a month-long tour every summer can be deadly for a player.”

Seferin, who has called a meeting of UEFA’s 55 member states for Tuesday, said that if the new calendar is approved, UEFA will not introduce a euro every two years.

“It might be good for UEFA financially, but the problem is we’re killing football,” he said. “We are killing the players. I don’t think the club will allow players to leave, it will completely divide us.

“I have spoken to Zvonimir Boban [the former Croatia international and current UEFA president] and he said the players will not be fully recovered from the World Cup or European Cup until November. Imagine this happening every year?”

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Mr Wenger said the final decision on holding the World Cup every two years would be a “democratic” one taken by member associations, the vast majority of which supported the idea of commissioning a feasibility study, and reiterated that he hoped it would be taken in December.

Asked about a potential global revolt, the former Arsenal manager replied: “If someone has a better idea, I’m open to it. I welcome any ideas that are better than mine. But I believe that… We can get everyone to accept that this is the best solution.”

Fifa said on Thursday that Japan had pulled out of hosting the 2021 Club World Cup because of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. Chelsea are one of the clubs taking part in the World Cup in December. FIFA said it would announce another host city in due course.

By Ethan