Wed. Jun 29th, 2022

FIFA’s plans for the future of football would have a “direct and destructive impact” on the club game, the European Club Association has warned.

World football’s governing body has been accused by the ECA of trying to “railroad” through its controversial plans – which include playing a World Cup every two years – without proper consultation.

Its powerful statement also reminded FIFA of its “legally-binding obligations” to ensure clubs are consulted over the structure of the international match calendar (IMC).

“ECA has followed with grave concern and alarm FIFA’s launch of active PR campaigns and much pretence, apparently seeking to railroad through reforms to the IMC, particularly the introduction of a biennial World Cup,” the statement from the ECA, which represents 247 clubs across the continent, read.

The ECA’s statement means Europe’s clubs and leagues are united in their opposition to the plans, while earlier this week, UEFA also criticised FIFA over a lack of consultation and urged it to call a halt to “promotional campaigns” in support of the plans.

Via FIFA channels, former players and coaches such as Brazil’s 2002 World Cup-winning striker Ronaldo, Peter Schmeichel, Tim Cahill and Avram Grant have extolled the virtues of shortening the gap between World Cups and reducing the number of in-season international breaks.

The ECA agrees with FIFA that the IMC is in need of reform. It said in its statement that a “modernised and simpler” IMC needs to be founded on fewer release windows, better player protection and health, and a balanced approach to club and international football.

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is an entertainment and football lover, promoter, analyst and writer. He aspires to make a name in the media company. He is the CEO of Soccercruz (News site, Podcast, Radio and Television). email: zobanwosu88@gmail.com, phone number: +2348063046744.

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