‘No to new Club World Cup’

All of Italy’s top clubs are standing by their plan to boycott a 24-team Club World Cup.

FIFA plans to debut the new-look tournament in 2021, but European Club Association (ECA) President Andrea Agnelli made it clear the sides he represented – Inter, Milan, Roma, Napoli and Lazio, as well as his own Juventus – would not budge on their combined opposition.

“The priority must be for stakeholders to engage in a detailed assessment of how the landscape of international football might evolve post-2024,” he said.

“FIFA’s decision to revamp its Club World Cup in 2021 is one ECA cannot support.”

However, Agnelli did confirm the ECA’s support for a ‘Super Champions League’.

“We have now launched the process to develop a vision for the future of UEFA club competitions,” he added.

“This is the start of a journey that will see engagement with all stakeholders. The entrepreneurial risks of any decision taken in professional football lie solely on one side, the clubs’ side. Our side.

“We are at the heart of world football and we must drive change. There will be a new Super Champions League, in collaboration with UEFA.

“We are against the new 24-team World Cup and we ask for less windows for national teams.”

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