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Finally, Some Good News: UEFA President Says FIFA Has Given Up On Biennial World Cup Idea

UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said 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 realization.

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.

When contacted by Reuters, a FIFA spokesperson said the global governing body wanted to continue discussions on the international match calendar. Čeferin, however, said FIFA had realized its plan would not come to fruition.

"A biennial World Cup is a no go for everyone in football," Čeferin told the Financial Times Football Business Summit. "I am glad FIFA has realized 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 said it was continuing discussions on improving the game globally.

"We are engaging and debating on a solution for everyone," its statement read. "The development of football around the world is crucial, including regions which are increasingly being left behind in terms of development, and we look forward to continuing discussions on a new international match calendar for youth, men and women's football."

Čeferin also launched a fresh attack on attempts to form a European Super League, given what is going on in Ukraine at the moment. Media reports suggest the breakaway, which spectacularly failed to get off the ground last April, could come back.

"First they launch this nonsense of an idea in the middle of the pandemic, now we are reading articles every day that they are planning to launch another idea now, in the middle of a war," Čeferin added. "Do I have to speak anymore about those people? They obviously live in a parallel world. While we are saving players with other stakeholders, while we are working to help a terrible situation, they work on a project like that. They can pay whoever they want to say this is a nice project, that they have full solidarity, that they will give some charity to smaller clubs, but this a complete nonsense. They all know it."

(Reporting by Peter Hall, Editing by William Maclean and Toby Davis)

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