FIFA cancels planned council meeting in Paraguay’s Asuncion

Source:AFP Published: 2020/2/19 20:03:41

FIFA President Gianni Infantino holds a ball while speaking at a press conference during the football federation's council meeting in Shanghai on Thursday. FIFA has awarded the inaugural edition of its expanded 24-team Club World Cup to China, the association's president Gianni Infantino said, in what he called a "historic decision." (See story on Page 23) Photo: AFP

A FIFA Council meeting set to take place in the Paraguayan capital Asuncion in March has been cancelled, world football's governing body said Tuesday.

In a statement, FIFA said the meeting had been canceled "at the request of several of its members" and announced that it would be replaced by a video conference from the organization's headquarters in Zurich on March 20.

According to several sources, some Asian members of the council had raised concerns about their ability to travel to the meeting due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The cancelation also comes in an ongoing climate of tension between FIFA and South American ruling body CONMEBOL, which is based in Asuncion and presided over by Paraguayan Alejandro Dominguez, also a FIFA vice president.

Last week CONMEBOL and European governing body UEFA signed a cooperation agreement following a meeting in Nyon, Switzerland, which the latter said covered the organisation of competitions, among other things.

UEFA has been critical of FIFA President Gianni Infantino's plan for a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021. FIFA approved the plan in March 2019 despite UEFA's opposition.

Meanwhile, according to sources, Dominguez was unhappy with Infantino talking directly with South American clubs about their participation.

Another FIFA Council meeting is planned to take place just before the FIFA Congress in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in early June.

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