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UEFA not happy about FIFA’s proposals on expanded World Cup

Gianni Infantino said a proposal to expand the World Cup finals to 48 teams, with 16 groups of three teams, received enthusiastic backing.

By: AP | Nyon |
December 9, 2016 11:33:41 pm
UEFA , UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, FIFA World Cup, World Cup 2026, FIFA, Football news, Football UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin aimed a barb at football’s governing body.

UEFA is not happy about the way FIFA is pushing through plans to expand the 2026 World Cup.

Amid FIFA floating different scenarios in the media, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin aimed a barb at football’s governing body.

Ceferin says “I read different ideas every day, so it is hard to say which one is the real one, if any.”

FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s campaign promise was a 40-team World Cup. He then suggested 48 teams with an opening playoff round.

This week, FIFA suggested a format of 16 three-team groups in a letter to FIFA Council members.

Asked how many entries Europe wanted, Ceferin says “when FIFA presents us some serious thing and not just articles and interviews then we can of course answer concretely.”

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