FIFA President Gianni Infantino has accused those who oppose holding the World Cup every two years of fearing losing their high status in the game.
African member states on Friday approved plans by football’s world governing body to hold world championships every two years.
UEFA and CONMEBOL, the South American body, have already opposed FIFA’s proposal to change the current four-year cycle.
“Those who are against it are those at the top. It happens in every sector of life, when there are reforms and changes, those who are at the top do not want anything to change because they are at the top,” said Infantino at. Confederation of African Football Congress in Cairo.
“And they’re afraid that if something changes, their leadership position is in jeopardy.
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“We understand that and we compliment and applaud them for having been so successful in reaching the top. It’s amazing and they are an example to everyone.
“But at the same time, we can not close the door, we must keep the door open, we must give hope and opportunities.”
Infantino insists increasing the frequency of FIFA’s flagship event would provide more opportunities for countries outside the top tier of the World Cup.
“We need to offer more chances for world football in order for African football to shine on the world stage,” he added.
Infantino said he would continue to consult the opinion on the proposal, but gave no timetable for its possible implementation.
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UEFA has said the proposed plans could be “deeply damaging”, while CONMEBOL said the project “turns its back on almost 100 years of world football tradition”.
In 2017, FIFA voted to increase its number of finalists from 32 to 48 for the 2026 World Cup edition, which will be hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States.