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Fifa’s $25bn plan receives fresh criticism from European football leaders

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Fifas controversial $25bn (£18.5bn) plan for two new tournaments has received fresh criticism from European football leaders.

The Professional Football Strategy Council (PFSC), led by European governing body Uefa and representing the continents top leagues, teams and players, said it had “serious reservations” about Fifas proposals to launch a new Club World Cup and nations league tournament with investment provided by an unnamed consortium.

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Fifa president Gianni Infantino was hoping to secure support for the proposal — put forward by a consortium believed to be made up of Middle East and Asian investors — by this week but has struggled to win over European stakeholders.

“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,” said the group in a statement.

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