UEFA are to send two of football’s most powerful executives, Richard Scudamore and Andrea Agnelli, to battle it out with FIFA as the governing body look to transform the global game, threatening the primacy of the Champions League.
Scudamore, the Premier League’s executive chairman, and Juventus president, Agnelli, have been very vocal and critical of FIFA’s proposal to expand the Club World Cup, currently an annual competition between seven of the top teams, to 24 clubs, played either annually or every four years. Also, to create a global “nations league” contest between countries.
A SoftBank led consortium of investors has pledged $25bn into a FIFA-controlled joint venture, to make the proposed changes a reality.
Last week, FIFA, announced the creation of a “task force” led by its president Gianni Infantino to explore the feasibility of the tournaments and has asked regional confederation presidents to suggest representatives. With UEFA planning on sending Scudamore and Agnelli to dispute the proposal.
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