And give go ahead to Club World Cup plans

48 teams in World Cup 2022 Decision will be made in consultation between Qatar & FIFA Supreme Committee

The task force held four meetings between November 2018 and February 2019 and, prior to the FIFA Council meeting in Miami, provided the members of FIFA's decision-making body with a detailed report on the technical and sporting elements linked to the organisation of a revamped FIFA Club World Cup.

The stark message was handed to UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin from the European Club Association, which represents 232 of the continent's leading teams, and was sent via email on Tuesday, three days before the crucial meeting in Miami on Friday.

It will replace the current seven-team annual Club World Cup, which is now played in December, with an expanded quadrennial version in June-July 2021. "If the calendar is not modified, of course we can not agree".

The suggestion is complicated by the current geopolitical situation in the region, where Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are now engaged in an economic embargo of Qatar.

Infantino admitted there have been "differences of opinion" since he first floated the idea past year and referred to "constructive dialogue" with Europe that he hoped to build on.

"We know the situation in the Gulf region, but we are in the lucky position of being in football, and in football you can care only about football", said Infantino.

No venue has been mentioned for the inaugural tournament, but it is scheduled to take the slot now reserved for the Confederations Cup in 2021.

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Infantini said: 'Now the world will see a real Club World Cup where fans will see the best teams in the world compete to be crowned the real world champions. "So we'll move to the next stage and look at who could host these games, and then congress can take the final decision". European club seasons typically start around mid-August.

The letter has been signed by Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, Celtic's Peter Lawwell and the bosses of Ajax, Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG. Like Europe and South America, Concacaf have had one representative annually, with the Club World Cup customarily hosted in Asia.

The ECA executive board letter said it was "against any potential approval of a revised CWC at this point in time and confirm that no ECA Clubs would take part to such competition".

It says a decision on potential new competitions can only be made as part of an agreed framework for the global match calendar post-2024.

But it is hard to see how a 2021 edition could go ahead without the star attractions - Europe's top clubs. "We hope that all the best teams will participate and we've had some very positive discussions with Uefa".

Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup nine years ago and will be the first time the tournament is held in an Arab nation.

England head coach Phil Neville has previously said he is concerned about the standard of refereeing at the World Cup, adding it was "important" that VAR was introduced to women's football.

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