The Professional Football League takes a stand. While the debate has been raging for several weeks, the board of directors of the LFP, meeting on Wednesday, voted against the organization of the World Cup every two years.
In line with UEFA or the European Club Association (ECA), led by PSG president Nasser al-Khelaïfi, the LFP strongly opposed this project led by Fifa and Arsène Wenger. “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,” said the body in a statement.
The latter regrets the lack of consultation and the detrimental impact for the championships as well as for the clubs. “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,” added the LFP.
And to continue: “This project would also provide for the lengthening of international periods which would very strongly disrupt the series of domestic championships and would provoke the disinterest of the supporters. 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 League finally asked that the World Cup remain an expected event and keep its letters of nobility by remaining organized every four years. “The World Cup is a world heritage that must be preserved and not trivialized.”