Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Liverpool invited to take part in new Club World Cup worth £100m

Liverpool invited to take part in new Club World Cup worth £100m

Reigning champion Real Madrid is supporting plans to expand the Club World Cup to 24 teams following a meeting at Federation Internationale de Football Association.

The PFSC unanimously expressed serious reservations about the process surrounding the FIFA Club World Cup and Global Nations League proposals and in particular the hasty timing and lack of concrete information and underlined the need for a clearly defined procedure, which respect existing structures and decision-making bodies and which involves all key stakeholders.

If the tournament was to go ahead then it would take place in the June of every fourth year and would mean the end of the current low-profile winter competition that already takes place and the Confederations Cup.

It is reported that Fifa's proposal would see the 24 participating clubs split US$2 billion in prize money, with each club earning a minimum of UK£50 million (US$67.4 million) and the champion pocketing as much as UK£100 million (US$134.8 million). Some domestic competitions, including the English Premier League, are also said to be firmly opposed to the idea.

Infantino says he has an offer of $25 billion over 12 years on the table for the two competitions from a group of investors, which the Financial Times has identified as SoftBank from Japan and the governments of China and Saudi Arabia.

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The tournaments could be approved at a FIFA Council meeting in Moscow in June.

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). Would clubs prioritise that over the Champions League?

Personally, I think it's just another money-making scheme from Federation Internationale de Football Association.

It could easily fund a transfer of a decent player in this inflated market.

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