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Aleksander Ceferin Claims UEFA Has "Grave Concerns" About Holding World Cup Every Two Years

By Amreen
Uefa chief Ceferin has ‘grave concerns’ over World Cup plan
Uefa chief Ceferin has ‘grave concerns’ over World Cup plan / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

UEFA president Alexandre Ceferin has admitted he has "grave concerns" about plans to hold the FIFA World Cup every two years.

Arsene Wenger once again called for the World Cup to be held every two years from 2028 onwards, and conversations around the proposal have been gaining momentum with the governing body carrying out a feasibility study. But Ceferin hinted that he is upset by FIFA's lack of consultation with UEFA over the proposal.

Ceferin said: "UEFA and its national associations also have serious reservations and grave concerns surrounding reports of FIFA’s plans. Considering the major impact this reform may have on the whole organisation of football, there is widespread astonishment that FIFA appears to be launching a PR campaign to push its proposal whilst any such proposals haven’t been presented to confederations, national associations, leagues, clubs, players, coaches, clubs and all the football community.

"As one concrete example amongst so many, it is imperative to highlight the concerns shared across the footballing world regarding the impact a biennial FIFA World Cup would have on the international match calendar and, prominently in this context, on women’s football."

He added: "Your letter and the concerns it raises on behalf of supporters across Europe regarding FIFA’s potential plans to hold the FIFA World Cup every two years, are extremely valid and important.

"Allow me to assure you that UEFA stands with you and the fans on this important issue. We must work together to defend the interests of the game and reinforce the position of fans as key stakeholders."

Fifa said on Friday that the World Cup feasibility study had “no predetermined objectives” and that fans were being consulted “on an unprecedented scale”.