European clubs call for talks with FIFA amid plans for biennial World Cup

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Pulse-gh Sept. 24, 2021 11:50 a.m.

European clubs call for talks with FIFA amid plans for biennial World Cup

It said it believes changes are needed to the calendar to make it "modernised and simpler", with fewer windows in which players have to be released by clubs for international duty, "better player protection and health and a balanced approach to club and international football".

The organisation said FIFA was in "direct and unilateral breach of certain obligations", referring to an agreement, the so-called memorandum of understanding, that is currently in place with the ECA until 2024 and includes "joint approval" on the international calendar.

The ECA statement said FIFA's project would have "a direct and destructive impact on the club game" and "would put players' health and well-being at risk"..

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