Qatar 2022 organisers 'open' to FIFA's expansion plan

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But he has been forced to drop the Nations League plan before Friday's meeting of the FIFA Council in Miami, after his own task force said there is no space for such a tournament in the global calendar. Three each would go to teams from Africa, Asia and CONCACAF, which represents North and Central America and the Caribbean. It has been suggested that each club could earn £50m for taking part.

"Now the world will see a real Club World Cup where fans will see the best teams in the world compete to be crowned the real world champions", he said.

"We hope all the greatest teams will participate", Infantino said.

'Club football is evolving at a different pace in different parts of the world and we want to have an exciting, prestigious and inclusive competition, and we'll have that with this Club World Cup, starting in 2021.

In its letter, the ECA strongly criticised Infantino for failing to reveal more details about who is providing the financial backing for the new competition and ignoring its concerns about the impact on players.

The president of Barcelona spoke out against the haste to introduce a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021 ahead of the FIFA Council deciding Friday whether to approve the pilot of the enlarged tournament. "If the calendar is not modified, of course we can not agree". "Five games in four years. So, I think it's a natural progression of that competition".

Federation Internationale de Football Association said it was aware of concerns of "serious interference with critical matches" but added that members of its own task force "felt that it was feasible to play the Club World Cup" during that period.

The organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar say they are "open" to the possible expansion of the tournament from 32 to 48 teams through the addition of a second host country.

After an incident occurs, the referee informs the VAR or is informed by them that it needs reviewing before the referee decides to review video footage on the side of the pitch or accepts the information from the VAR to make a decision.

UEFA also confirmed Europe had voted against the new tournament at Friday's meeting.

Qatar would not be forced to share games with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates unless diplomatic relations improve. No host nation has been decided yet, Infantino said.

It will be the first time VAR has been used at the tournament, having made its debut in the men's World Cup a year ago in Russian Federation.



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