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Jettison biennial W/cup idea for good Ceferin tells FIFA

Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin has declared for the umpteenth time 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 contacted.

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