Comment on Infantino’s new plans
Now there are no more excuses, dear Europeans!
Europeans are complaining about the new plans of FIFA President Gianni Infantino. But the excuses are no longer valid, writes Blake Sport’s chief correspondent Emmanuelle Jessi. If they want to change something, the European federations must pull themselves together now.
Gianni Infantino talks about his new plans shortly before the final whistle of the World Cup.
Emmanuel JesseHead of the sports report team
You can’t blame Gianni Infantino, 52, for one thing: The man doesn’t turn his heart into a killer pit. Shortly before the final whistle of the World Cup, the FIFA president presented his plans for the next few years. In short: everything gets older and more expensive—and, if you can believe it, everyone’s better off after that.
This is especially true of Infantino himself, who could be elected FIFA president for the fourth time in 2027, thus outperforming the spirit of the 2016 reforms – even if legally on the safe side. By 2031, he would have 15 years of service as FIFA president, thus reaching the dimensions Blatter (17) he thought would be overcome.
The other big hit Valaisan is talking about on Friday also makes people sit up and take notice. The Club World Cup with the participation of 32 teams every four years is a clear attack on the Europeans and the Champions League.
It could be Infantino’s big mistake. If things are going badly for him, the European federations are now pulling themselves together and focusing on the essentials: rather than stalling at the World Cup with foolishly botched “One Love” protests, they should build a credible opponent and get it done. Then the FIFA account period no longer plays a role.
Logically: It would be hard for a big crying and gnashing of teeth to break out in the Infantino family because of this scenario. For the next elections in 2023, European football has not managed to do so. But at last after the announcement of the President of the World Federation, one thing is clear: the time for excuses is over, dear Europeans. If you fail again, you can save yourself from grumbling.
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