The Board of Directors of the Professional Football League (LFP), meeting this Wednesday, formalized its opposition to the project of the FIFA to organize the World Cup every two years, announced the organization.
“The development of football does not only happen through the World Cup, but also rests and above all in the domestic championships,” the instance recalled in a statement.
“Without prior consultation, FIFA wants to make a decision that is in its sole interest and whose impact is irremediably negative for domestic championships and clubs as employers of players,” added the LFP.
The idea of FIFA to organize a biennial World Cup, and not every four years, provoked a cascade of criticism in European football, in leagues around the world, in players and fans.
The idea of FIFA to organize a biennial World Cup, and not every four years, provoked a cascade of criticism in European football
But in France, the president of his federation (FFF), Noël Le Graët, a rare discordant voice, made it known that he had “no opposition” to this project, in an interview with the daily L’Equipe on October 1.
It is the first time that the LFP board of directors has expressed itself on the case.
“This project would also foresee the extension of the international periods, which would strongly disturb the domestic championships and would cause the disinterest of the fans,” explained the LFP.
“The World Cup constitutes a world heritage that must be preserved and not trivialized,” his statement concluded.
The “European Leagues” association, which brings together some thirty European championships, including the LFP, but also the leagues of England, Spain, Italy and Germany, had expressed at the beginning of September its “firm and unanimous opposition” to the project defended by FIFA.