Biennial World Cup: French Football Chief, Noel Le Graët Backs Idea Ahead of Crucial Meeting with Ceferin
French Football Chief Advocates for lucrative competitions in Africa
President of the French Football Federation, Noel Le Graët, has said that he is not against the much-debated biennial World Cup.
The biennial World Cup is a proposal by FIFA’s Chief of Global Football Development, Arsene Wenger.
Meanwhile, FIFA and its president, Gianni Infantino, strongly back the idea.
Le Graët, who is one of the few Europeans not against the proposal, was quoted by Le Monde on Wednesday:
“I am very favourable to the project (biennial world cup) with regard to women,” confirms Le Graët to Le Monde. For the boys, I philosophically adhere to the project led by Mr Infantino. there are a lot of lucrative competitions in Europe, and the competitions must be allocated more equitably between the continents, especially with Africa. I am not a dissident by nature, even though I am the only one in Europe holding this position. At UEFA, they are a lit bit of yes-men; there was no real reflection. ”
Biennial World Cup: Proposal vs Reality
This is coming just a day before a meeting with UEFA’s president, Aleksander Ceferin, in Paris on Thursday. The meeting will likely be an opportunity for Le Graët and Ceferin to discuss his decision to tow a different line from the majority of the UEFAMembers.
However, Le Graët has assured that he is waiting to see the financial model developed by FIFA around the proposal
The proposal will provide clarity before deciding if it comes to a vote.
“I am waiting for FIFA to present a complete, credible and viable financial plan to make a decision. It’s very clear: if the FIFA project is not economically credible, I will say to Gianni [Infantino]: ‘Withdraw your project.’
Furthermore, He explains that if the FFF loses financially, ‘I will have no reason to vote for this project.
It is necessary, as Gianni announced, that everyone finds their account in this new system, that there is more money, that the chains buy the rights of the matches. ”
FIFA is set to review findings at a congress on December 20th to decide on the viability of the proposal.