African member countries have endorsed FIFA’s plans to increase the frequency of World Cup to every two years; UEFA and CONMEBOL are opposed; Gianni Infantino says the aim is to offer more opportunities to countries outside of the top tier of the world game
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has accused those opposed to holding the World Cup every two years of fearing losing their elevated status in the game.
African member countries on Friday endorsed plans by football’s world governing body to stage biennial World Cups.
UEFA and CONMEBOL, the south American body, have already come out against FIFA’s proposal to change the current four-year cycle.
“Those who are against it are those at the top. It happens in every sector of life when there are reforms and changes, those who are at the top don’t want anything to change because they are at the top,” said Infantino at the Confederation of African Football congress in Cairo.
“And they are afraid maybe that if something changes, their leadership position is at risk
“We understand that and we compliment and applaud them for having been so successful in reaching the top. This is fantastic, and they are an example for everyone.
“But at the same time, we cannot close the door, we need to keep the door open, we need to give hope and opportunities.”