• Proposal for revamped calendar meets ‘serious reservations’
• ‘Global Nations League’ also mooted in $25bn scheme
A proposal by Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino, to expand the Club World Cup dramatically and to start a league for national teams, for a claimed $25bn from unidentified investors, has met strong criticism from within Uefa.
Infantino, who faces re-election next year, presented the proposal in March for a new summer 24-club World Cup every four years, and a “Global Nations League” with a final eight-country round of matches, also every four years. He has told Fifa’s six confederations, including Uefa, that the investors are promising the projected $25bn for four editions of each competition over 12 years between 2021 and 2033. The investors were described as “among the world’s most solid” but are unnamed, as Infantino said he had signed a non-disclosure agreement.