FIFA president Gianni Infantino suggests moving Club World Cup dates
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed delaying next year's 24-team Club World Cup in order to have a smooth Euro Cup next year.
Zurich: FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed delaying next year's 24-team Club World Cup in order to have a smooth Euro Cup next year.
On Tuesday, UEFA decided to postpone the Euro 2020 next year due to COVID-19, and the organisers confirmed that the tournament will be played from June 11-July 11 next year. South America's football governing body CONMEBOL also decided to postpone the COPA America amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
With these decisions, UEFA and CONMEBOL have put themselves at loggerheads with FIFA as the Club World Cup was slated to be played next year.
However, in an official statement, FIFA president confirmed that he will be holding a conference call with FIFA officials and said that he would indeed suggest moving the Club World Cup to a later date. The FIFA Club World Cup was slated to be played in China next year, and there are speculations as to whether the tournament will go ahead in the country.
Football has been badly hit by the coronavirus. Several domestic leagues - La Liga, Premier League, Serie A and Bundesliga have been suspended temporarily.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that Europe has become the new 'epicentre' of the coronavirus pandemic. (ANI)