Paris: Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin said that plans to hold a biennial World Cup are a “no go” for everyone in football, adding that Fifa has also come to the same realisation.
The idea of a World Cup every two years has been gathering steam with Fifa President Gianni Infantino trying to get support from national federations, saying the switch would create an extra $4.4 billion in revenues for the world body.
Infantino insisted in December that he had majority backing to make the change despite opposition from European clubs and top leagues, and contrary to what the president of the continent’s governing body believes.
“A biennial World Cup is a no go for everyone in football,” Ceferin told the Financial Times Football Business Summit. “I am glad Fifa has realised that as well.
“I had a discussion with Fifa’s president about it yesterday. We cannot say football on other continents cannot be developed, but we should be aligned and it should not hurt European and South American Federations.
“We have discussions but as far as I am concerned, a biennial World Cup is off the table. I am sure we will come to a solution with Fifa soon.”
Fifa did not immediately comment when approached by Reuters. Ceferin also launched a fresh attack on attempts to form a European Super League.
Media reports suggest the breakaway, which spectacularly failed to get off the ground last April, could come back, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus still interested in forming the league.
“First they launch this nonsense of an idea in the middle of the pandemic, now we are reading articles every day that they are planning to launch another idea now, in the middle of a war,” Ceferin added.
“Do I have to speak anymore about those people? They obviously live in a parallel world. While we are saving players with other stakeholders, while we are working to help a terrible situation, they work on a project like that.
“They can pay whoever they want to say this is a nice project, that they have full solidarity, that they will give some charity to smaller clubs, but this a complete nonsense. They all know it.”