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Maldini opposed holding World Cup every two years

Thu 14 October 2021 | 15:00

The former captain of Milan and the Italy is opposed to changing the World Cup schedule.

Milan director Paolo Maldini is among those who oppose reducing the timeframe for the World Cup.

There has been a lot of talk recently about holding the World Cup every two years, and Arsene Wenger, FIFA's director of football development, believes the time gap between the World Cups should be reduced. Confederations have previously opposed the decision and now Maldini has joined the opposition.

Maldini said:

“I don’t think playing the World Cup every two years is a good idea.

“It would take away the importance of the most unique sporting event in the world, cancelling out a tradition that goes back almost a century.

“I hope, as someone in sport, that FIFA want to abandon this wrong-headed project. For a start, it would have very negative effects on the physical and mental health of players, along wit the future of the domestic divisions.

“Athletes, Federations and clubs are all aware that there would be very few benefits compared to the damage a decision like this could inflict on our world.”

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