Manchester United, Liverpool 'invited to new Club World Cup'

Grant Boone
May 16, 2018

The council, chaired by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, brings together the European Club Association (ECA), the recently renamed European Leagues (EPFL) and the players' union (FifPro).

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.

Of course, the clubs would not have to take part should they not wish to do so, but with a guaranteed £50m for competing and a potential £100m for winning the tournament, clubs are unlikely to turn down the offer.

The consortium backing the competition is being led by Japan's Softbank with the main backers coming from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

In the report it's added half of the teams involved would be from European football, with the criteria for invitation that the club has won the European Cup on three or more occasions.

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The European participants could make between $50 million and $80 million each.

Barcelona says FIFA's plans would also "create a global platform for clubs to contribute to the growth of their brands".

Uefa and the Premier League are both said to have expressed concerns about the proposed competition with Infantino hoping to officially confirm the competition in June.

"To be presented with FIFA's "solution" as a fait accompli and claim this to be consultation defies all definitions of best practice and good governance", Scudamore told The Times in London.

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