Top executive hits out at FIFA’s “barbaric” World Cup plans

22 September 2021

Jesus Maria Gil
Photo: Alamy Miguel Angel Gil, CEO of Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.

Atletico Madrid CEO slams likely increase to player workload under FIFA’s proposals for a World Cup biennial and says that the idea has no economic merit for clubs.

Miguel Angel Gil likened rows between FIFA and UEFA to arguing parents with the clubs as children “who suffer in the middle”.

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James Corbett, Senior Correspondent corbett@offthepitch.com

Madrid - One of Spanish football’s most senior executives has hit out at FIFA proposals to stage the World Cup every two years, describing the additional player workload as “barbaric” and of no economic interest to clubs “already living on the edge.”

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