Real Madrid back FIFA's plans for 24-team Club World Cup


A UEFA council featuring representatives of players, leagues and clubs across Europe expressed "serious reservations" on Wednesday over the process surrounding two new tournaments planned by global soccer body Federation Internationale de Football Association.

It's reported that UEFA and the Premier League are unhappy with the proposal and will oppose the new competition. "We see it that way as do other important clubs in Europe, who see the possibility favorably".

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The report indicates that the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto, Benfica and Borussia Dortmund would then be in contention for the three other European places. The 24 clubs would share a pot of approximately £1.5 billion with the victor earning £100 million and a guaranteed £50 million just for participating.

Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino has been trying to push through the proposals in the already hectic period leading up to this year's World Cup in Russia. Last month, reports emerged that the investors had offered guaranteed revenues of US$25 billion in return for the rights to operate the Club World Cup and a new Global Nations League.

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The tournaments could be approved at a FIFA Council meeting in Moscow in June.

The new competition would see the scrapping of the current Club World Cup, held annually in December, along with the Confederations Cup which is held in the summer prior to a World Cup.

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The European participants could make between $50 million and $80 million each but while some of the clubs have given the project their blessing, including Real, the same cannot be said of Europe's governing bodies. Or would they just treat the tournament as a pre-season warm up to get their players ready for the domestic season?

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