Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Biennial WC to stop super clubs hogging cash, says Infantino



Biennial WC to stop super clubs hogging cash, says Infantino

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
FIFA president Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference in Santiago on Sunday. AFP

Biennial WC to stop super clubs hogging cash, says Infantino

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Monday his controversial plans to hold a World Cup every two years will help spread the funds football generates away from a handful of super clubs.

Infantino explained that his biennial World Cup plan in fact envisages a global showpiece every year, alternating between men’s and women’s competitions.

“Today there are many football competitions that earn much more money than the World Cup and this money that is earned is distributed amongst a very small number of clubs,” said Infantino at a press conference in Buenos Aires alongside Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine football association.

Infantino not only wants more World Cup tournaments, but more joint hosts too.

“If you talk about a World Cup every year, men and women, with five neighbouring countries organising it, in 20 years the World Cup could be organised by almost 100 countries giving their football a great boost.

“Right now, the World Cup doesn’t come back to a continent for 24 years and that’s more than a generation.”

So far, the only World Cup to have been hosted by more than one country was when Japan and South Korea teamed up in 2002, although Canada, Mexico and the United States will also do so in 2026.

Likewise, the 2023 women’s World Cup will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

The biennial World Cup project, which has the backing of former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, has come in for heavy criticism from continental federations UEFA and CONMEBOL, as well as coaches and pundits.

But Infantino is determined to plough ahead with the idea and says a final decision will be made “before December.”

“No one is happy with the current situation and something has to change,” added Infantino.

The 51-year-old Swiss also turned his attention to the World Cup qualifier last month between Brazil and Argentina in Sao Paulo that was called off after Brazilian health officials invaded the pitch to stop the game.

The health officials claimed that four Argentine players had dodged quarantine rules and would not let them continue.

“For a match to be interrupted in this way is something that cannot happen. It’s not acceptable,” said Infantino.

FIFA’s disciplinary commission has launched an investigation into the incident but no new date has been set for the match.

It may have little influence on either side’s hopes of qualifying for Qatar 2022, though, as they are both well clear of the competition in the single South American qualifying group.

MOST VIEWED

  • No payment required for travellers taking rapid Covid tests on arrival

    Ministry of Health officials said there would be no payment required for the rapid Covid-19 tests given to travellers who arrive in Cambodia from November 15 onwards after the quarantine requirement is lifted for fully vaccinated people. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told The Post on

  • General’s gun smuggling ring busted

    The Military Police sent six military officers to court on November 22 to face prosecution for possession of 105 illegal rifles and arms smuggling, while investigators say they are still hunting down additional accomplices. Sao Sokha, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of

  • More Cambodians studying in US

    The number of Cambodian students studying at US colleges and universities in 2020-21 increased by 14.3 per cent over the previous year despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a recent US government report. The 2021 Open Doors report on International Educational Exchange showed that 848 Cambodian students studied

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Police arrest Canadian with 167kg of drugs

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on November 15 placed a Canadian national in pre-trial detention in connection with smuggling and possessing 167kg of illegal drugs. Deputy National Police chief in charge of anti-drug enforcement Mak Chito told The Post on November 15 that the man was arrested

  • Banteay Meanchey gunfight sees 15 Thais arrested, three officers injured

    The Banteay Meanchey Military Police have arrested 15 Thai suspects and their accomplices after a gun battle between two Thai groups caused injuries to three police officers in the early hours of November 21, local authorities said. National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy said that according to