Wed 21 December 2022 | 17:35

Infantino accused of "over-commercialization" by Sepp Blatter

Earlier, FIFA offered a new platform for World Cup that expanded the 32-team format to 48 nations at the 2026 event. However, former FIFA president Blatter believes his successor is not acting in the best interests of football.

Along with a 32-team Club World Cup format,

Gianni Infantino

has proposed a 48-team format for the World Cup that takes place in 2026.

Sepp Blatter

accuses Infantino of disrespect. He told

Die Zeit


"What is happening at the moment is an over-commercialization of the game.

"[It is] trying to squeeze more and more out of the lemon.

"[Look at] the World Cup with 48 teams, or a Club World Cup that must be viewed as competition to the UEFA Champions League. FIFA is meddling in something that doesn't really concern them.

"I have no relationship with Infantino. He behaved disrespectfully because he has refused any contact with me since his election. He only communicates with me through lawyers."

The 48-team format of the World Cup is still subject to confederation approval. However, in the wake of the Super League breakaway, it is likely to generate pushback from elite clubs.



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source: Die Zeit

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