The Premier League should boycott the Club World Cup, says Carragher
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has announced plans for an expansion of the FIFA Club World Cup. At a press conference on Friday, the FIFA boss explained how the league will rise to 32 teams in 2025. It also takes place every four years.
“The first edition will take place in the summer of 2025”, mention Infantino. “During that slot where we had the Confederations Cup in the past and it’s going to be a little bit longer because obviously there’s 32 teams.”
“But it will be the best teams in the world. They will be invited to participate. All the details will be developed in due course and we will decide in consultation with all stakeholders where it will take place in the coming weeks or months as well.
“Of course, the details of that are yet to be discussed and agreed, but the 32-team tournament will continue, making it truly a World Cup.”
A new format would quadruple the teams involved
The current Club World Cup typically consists of seven teams from around the world. Qualifying clubs come from the winners of the six FIFA confederations, as well as a host. The next World Cup for club teams will start in February. Abu Dhabi is the host, just like last time.
New plans for the World Cup for club teams were not equally exciting for everyone. Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher took to Twitter to voice his concerns about the revised format of the Premier League’s Club World Cup. The former Liverpool defender said the sport’s world governing body treats players like cattle.
“Like the ridiculous idea of the World Cup every two years, this is another one from Infantino,” Carragher claimed. “Players need rest at some point, they are treated like cattle. FIFA hates the Champions League and wants something similar themselves. European clubs should boycott it.”
Premier League and World Cup for clubs fill the calendar
The unpopular decision isn’t exactly surprising, though. FIFA is expanding their tournaments and even creating new leagues. The organization is also expanding the World Cup and Infantino also revealed plans for a “FIFA World Series”. This is another match during international breaks between confederations.
With the expansion of current tournaments and the addition of new ones, players now have very little free time. Injuries and burnouts remain a major problem in sport.
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