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FIFA council member pushing for ‘World League’ so ‘three or four teams from Africa can play against Liverpool’

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World League proposal

Just when supporters saw the Super League come to an end, a proposal for a ‘World League’ has come to the fore. The biggest surprise, though, is that it emanates from within FIFA, the organisation who recently publicly denounced plans for a breakaway Super League.

A council member of FIFA has spoken of the importance of setting up a ‘World League’, so that teams from across the globe can play against Europe’s elite clubs.

“The important thing is that FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF), alongside all continents’ confederations, are working on organising a World League that will allow three or four teams from Africa to play against Liverpool and topflight teams,” Abo Rida, the Egyptian FIFA council member said.

“It’s the big challenge that we are thinking of during the coming two years.”

Currently, the FIFA Club World Cup, which Bayern Munich won last year, is the only avenue for competitive inter-continental club action.

Hypocritical FIFA?

Journalist Philippe Auclair made the valid point during Gianni Infantino’s condemnation of the Super League that an African version was under discussion.

However, Rida assured that, for the moment, an African Super League remains ‘just a proposal.’

“Organising the African Super League is just a proposal, as the football industry is a big financial matter. It is being discussed,” Rida said.

It is likely that the FIFA World League would not be semi-closed like the planned Super League. It would of course appear very hypocritical of the organization to suggest moving forward with such a tournament after the condemnation of the Super League.

This is football, though, and anything can happen.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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