ARSENE Wenger is refusing to give up his plan for a World Cup every two years – despite a growing backlash.
Former Germany star Philipp Lahm was the latest big name to slam the proposals, suggesting they would represent an 'overdose' of football.
Wenger has been vocal in his proposals for a more frequent World Cup Credit: Reuters
But World Cup winner Lahm is one of many to disagree Credit: AP:Associated Press
Lahm said: “Shortening the World Cup cycle would make football seem like all about money.
“Sporting events require patience and time. This is crucial for their sustainability.”
Now the six Nordic federations – Denmark, Iceland, Finland, the Faroes, Norway and Sweden – have joined in to say the Wenger proposals would “radically change the football ecosystem.”
They added: “It will cannibalise well-functioning tournaments: The Euros for men and women will become obsolete.”
Wenger, though, is determined to push on with his plans, which are backed by Fifa President Gianni Infantino.
The former Arsenal boss said: “The players want to play big games. What they don’t want is to play small ones.
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“The big competitions are what they want to play – even if they are only world champions for 10 minutes.
“It’s reshaping your minds because it’s unusual but the younger generation wants to be entertained much more.”
England star Mason Mount has become one of the first current players to BACK the plans for a tournament every summer.
Asked if he would like to play the idea of a tournament each year, Mount said: “Yes, I would love that.
“As players we want to play in as many top competitions and top games as we can, as Gareth Southgate has said.
“We want to be involved in those big games.
“But it would be good to have the players’ input – that would be positive to help shape the future.”
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