Jamie Carragher addresses FIFA’s ‘RIDICULOUS’ idea of launching a 32-team Club World Cup
Jamie Carragher slams FIFA’s ‘RIDICULOUS’ idea of hosting a 32-team Club World Cup and claims players are ‘treated like cattle’ for fear of burnout, while urging European clubs to boycott the new tournament
Jamie Carragher has spoken out to FIFA and President Gianni Infantino about their plans to host a 32-team Club World Cup in 2025, saying players are “treated like cattle” for fear of burnout.
Infantino revealed the controversial proposals on Friday as FIFA wants to compete with the UEFA Champions League, which will not go down well with European football’s top clubs.
Sportsmail revealed a number of big teams have been kept in the dark about the plans, with big clubs rejecting the idea this week – and the Premier League are also opposed.
Jamie Carragher has hit out at FIFA and President Gianni Infantino over his “ridiculous” plans for a 32-team Club World Cup
And Jamie Carragher made it clear he wasn’t a fan of the idea – he lashed out at Infantino and said he had come up with another “ridiculous” idea after recently discussing the possibility of a World Cup biannually.
“Like the ridiculous @FIFAWorldCup biennial idea, this is another one of Infantino’s,” he wrote on Twitter – as he stressed the need for players to have more recovery time.
“The players need rest at some point, they are treated like cattle. FIFA hates the Champions League and wants something similar themselves.
“European clubs should boycott it.”
Infantino hasn’t offered any further details about the restarted Club World Cup after the bombshell announcement, other than claiming there will be eight teams more than the 24-team version canceled in 2021.
Chelsea are the current reigning champions of the FIFA Club World Cup after beating Palmeiras in February
Carragher fears players “are being treated like cattle” and wants clubs to boycott the new competition in 2025
“It will be a 32-team Club World Cup every four years and the first edition will be in the summer of 2025,” he said. “The best teams in the world will be invited to participate.”
Europe’s top clubs are yet to have formal proposals for the 32-team Club World Cup that FIFA hopes to launch in 2025.
The top clubs and leagues have major concerns over the scheduling, international calendar and player burnout they want to tackle before signing up for the new competition.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters detailed his opposition to radical changes to the international calendar last year, a view shared by top clubs across Europe.
Infantino claimed that despite their controversial plans, FIFA prioritizes player welfare
“The Premier League is committed to preventing radical changes to the calendar that would affect player welfare and threaten the competitiveness, calendar, structures and traditions of domestic football,” Masters said.
“This process should also include meaningful agreements with the leagues that form the basis of the game.”
Infantino’s bold move to announce a new competition before reaching a deal with clubs is a well-known tactic he also applied to women’s football, saying a Club World Cup would also start in 2025.
In his lengthy press conference, he emphasized that despite plans for expansion and new tournaments, FIFA prioritizes player well-being, fueling fears of burnout and exhaustion.
“We have to consider the health and well-being of the players,” he added. “We need to make sure there is a rest period for players, a holiday period, ideally 72 hours between games. Of course, we have to be pragmatic about these issues. We will now discuss and work out all these topics.’
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