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FIFA president Gianni Infantino rejects claims organisation pushed for biennial World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has rejected claims that the organisation pushed for a biennial World Cup. Speaking at the 72nd FIFA Congress in Doha, Infantino said FIFA had merely explored the possibility of halving the four-year World Cup cycle despite Chief of Global Football Development and former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger conducting a series of interviews in support of the idea.
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Fifa did not propose biennial World Cup, says Gianni Infantino

Fifa president Gianni Infantino says world football's governing body has not proposed staging the World Cup every two years but has only explored the feasibility of such a change. The concept has faced criticism from federations, leagues and players, though the Confederation of African Football has given its backing. Infantino...
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FIFA president Gianni Infantino lauds Qatar's labour reforms

FIFA president Gianni Infantino believes a "strong commitment" to ensure labour reforms are fully implemented is being shown by the government in Qatar, where the World Cup will be staged in November. Infantino met with Qatar Minister of Labour, Dr. Ali bin Samikh Al Marri in Doha, one day after...
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Fifa's Russia ban is not about morality - Gianni Infantino simply had nowhere left to turn

True to form, Fifa was the last of sport’s pro-Russian fortresses to fall. Everybody else had renounced associations with Vladimir Putin – even those at the International Judo Federation, custodians of the Russian president’s favourite pastime. Putin is the author of a book of judo and arranges periodically to be pictured in his black belt as a reassertion of his virility. But the IJF disavowed him after he launched his barbarous invasion of Ukraine, suspending him as their honorary president and cancelling a planned event in Kazan. As for Fifa, we can go easy on any tributes to Gianni Infantino for kicking Russia out of the global game. For this was less the act of a leader responding to urgent moral imperatives than one of a man with nowhere left to turn.
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Biennial World Cup could help solve migrant crisis - FIFA president Gianni Infantino

FIFA president Gianni Infantino linked his plan for biennial World Cups on Wednesday to giving more hope to Africans who risk their lives crossing the sea to Europe. In a speech to European lawmakers, Infantino said football was being dominated by the few who "have everything" and it needed to be more global and inclusive.
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Fifa president Gianni Infantino criticised for African migrants comments

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has been criticised for comments referencing African migrants dying at sea when talking about the reforms to football's calendar. World football's governing body has put forward plans which include staging a World Cup every two years. Infantino says more regular World Cups can help provide hope...
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World Cup plans can help African migrants avoid ‘death in the sea’, Gianni Infantino claims

Fifa president Gianni Infantino controversially suggested on Wednesday that changes to football’s calendar might make Africans less likely to migrate to Europe and risk death in the Mediterranean Sea.The leader of football’s world governing body spoke in support of his organisation’s calendar reforms, which include plans for biennial World Cups, at the Assembly of the Council of Europe in StrasbourgHe said the proposals were vital to give the football world outside of Europe hope, adding: “We need to give hope to Africans so they don’t need to cross the Mediterranean in order to find, maybe, a better life but more...
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