Simon Jordan has admitted his concern after Gianni Infantino revealed his new plans to host a World Cup every three years.
The tournament in Qatar was a success both on and off the pitch, with the competition raking in record revenues of £6.2billion, an increase of £840million on the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
After expanding the FIFA Club World Cup to 32 teams last week, a report from the Daily Mail claims that Infantino is ’emboldened’ by the success of the latest tournament, with the spectacle on show reinforcing the prospect of further winter World Cups.
While no change can be made until after 2030 due to sporting schedules being all-but finalised, the FIFA president seems determined to force through a radical change, something that Jordan believes isn’t enough reason to reject the proposal out of hand.
Speaking on White and Jordan, Jordan said: “FIFA’s objective is to make money to invest into the structure of football. FIFA is a non-profit, laughably, in terms that every revenue that it generates should be reinvested back into the structure of football.
“We’ve seen how that works in previous incarnations, haven’t we, even though businesses and circumstances have changed.
“It is, in fact, Gianni Infantino’s job to advance international football. That is his raison d’etre.
“On one hand we can say ‘what’s he up to’ and on the other say ‘well, why shouldn’t he be up to that’ in terms of advancing international football because that’s what it says on the tin for him to do.
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“Whether that means that a World Cup should be moved from what they debated a couple of years ago and asked Arsene Wenger to be the poster boy by having a bi-annual World Cup, or if they’re going to move it to three.
“We sit in this studio and we debate with ex-footballers about player welfare and the necessity to make schedules more accommodating to the players and there’s an element of truth to what he says because if the players can’t perform at their highest level because they’re impacted by the number of games then the product will be diminished and it’s no longer an exercise in anything other that futility.
“I don’t read this as some awful situation where Infantino is suddenly doing things that are so unpalatable.”
Asked how much of the £6.2bn will go back into football, Jordan added: “We have seen in previous incarnations how that has played out and the opportunities that have been created and the absolute abuse of power.
“We’ve said this, absolute power corrupts, absolutely. When you look at these FIFA congresses it’s almost like some demented sect of people who are subscribing to the religion of football.
“Infantino is certainly better than previous incarnations. He is a very effective operator, whether we like it or we don’t.
“It’s his job to advance international football. Tournament football is where the money is, and where the money is, is where the opportunity is.
“We are in a country at the moment that’s being dismantled because of people not getting the money that they think they’re entitled to and the money that they need to be able to survive and thrive in the world.
“Everything turns on money. We talk about the control of our media and who owns it, we talk about Elon Musk spending £44bn on buying a social media platform that’s never turned a copper coin, but it’s about money and influence. Football has all of those.
“What we’d like to see and what I think the challenge that we all have, is the transparency of the circumstances. We know that they’re going to go to the Mexican, American and Canadian World Cup and we know that Donald Trump promised them $15bn.
“We need to understand when, where and how this money is being distributed and as a matter of course, I don’t think that we do.
“People would say that the great unwashed wouldn’t know even if you told them, but that’s not the premise that you base things on.
“FIFA is supposedly an organisation for the people, by the people and because of the people and that’s because it’s the people’s game. With that in mind it does cause me great concern about the manner in which they operate.”
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