Premier League clubs have unanimously rejected a proposal for a biennial FIFA World Cup.
FIFA’s chief of Global Football Development, Arsene Wenger had initially come up with a proposal for the FIFA World Cup to hold in every two years instead of holding every four years and this plan was greeted with lots of reaction from the footballing world with many coaches and players particularly opposing the proposal.
Some have said a biennial world cup could take the spectacle out of the event and some have argued from the point of the players’ fitness.
Premier League clubs this afternoon met and unanimously agreed to take a stand against a biennial World Cup as it according to them affects player welfare and threatens competitiveness.
Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive stated thus:
“The Premier League is committed to preventing any radical changes to the post-2024 FIFA International Match Calendar that would adversely affect player welfare and threaten the competitiveness, calendar, structures and traditions of domestic football.
“We are open to reforms and new ideas, but they must enhance the complementary balance between domestic and international football in order to improve the game at all levels.
“This process should also involve meaningful agreements with the leagues that provide the foundations for the game.
“We will continue to work with supporter groups, players, domestic and international stakeholders to find solutions that are in the best interests of football’s long-term future.”
This decision comes ahead of the World Leagues Annual Conference which the Premier League is set to host in December.