After UEFA and the European Association of Clubs (ECA) chaired by Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, the French Professional Football League (LFP) is in turn opposed to the major project to reorganize the international calendar wanted by the Fifa and Arsène Wenger.
The board of directors of the LFP took a position on Wednesday against the organization of a World Cup every two years. This position was unanimous within the Board, with the exception of the UNFP – the players’ union – which abstained while awaiting the results of its field investigation.
“Meeting this October 13, the board of directors of the LFP adopted a motion to oppose the proposed organization of the FIFA World Cup every two years, explains the body in a press release. Without prior consultation, Fifa wants to take a decision that is in its sole interest and whose impact is irreparably negative for domestic championships and clubs as employers of players. “
The League puts forward its arguments: “This project would also provide for the lengthening of international periods which would greatly disrupt the series of domestic championships and cause the supporters to lose interest. The development of football does not pass only through the World Cup but also and above all rests on the domestic championships. As such, it would be preferable for Fifa to promote the development of professional leagues where there are none, as well as local championships. The World Cup is a world heritage that must be preserved and not trivialized. “
Two weeks ago, the president of the FFF Noël Le Graët had, for his part, opened the door to this small revolution. “I am not against it, but I am not giving a blank check either. There is a big reflection on my part. I need to know if this project enriches or impoverishes the French Federation, of which I am the president, ”he declared, according to comments reported by L’Equipe. Since then, Le Graët has met on the sidelines of the Final Four of the League of Nations the president of UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin, who invited him to side with the position of the main European federations.