FIFA president Infantino sticks to 40-team World Cup plan

FIFA president Infantino sticks to 40-team World Cup plan
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Published July 3rd, 2016 - 15:45 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Gianni Infantino
Gianni Infantino

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has again underlined his support for an expanded 40-team World Cup despite criticism of the extended 24-team Euro 2016 format.

Infantino told Germany's Bild newspaper in an interview published Saturday he believed that having more teams would increase the number of football fans worldwide.

The World Cup "is more than a competition; it is a social event which every one supports in a country," he said.

The FIFA Council will decide in October whether to increase the number of finalists from 32 to 40 for the 2026 World Cup. Opposition to the idea has come especially from the main European leagues.

© 2016 dpa GmbH

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