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FIFA president Gianni Infantino looking to move FIFA Confederations Cup, FIFA Club World Cup from next summer

In a written statement, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he will recommend accepting the postponement of the European Championship and Copa America to next summer, while looking into moving the FIFA Confederations Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, which were originally scheduled for next summer.

Those suggestions, “with the aim of finding balanced solutions for the good of football,” Infantino said, will be made by him on a Bureau of the Council conference call tomorrow.

“The world is facing an unprecedented health challenge and clearly a global and collective response is needed,” Infantino said. “Cooperation, mutual respect and understanding must be the guiding principles for all decision makers to have in mind at this crucial moment in time.”

Infantino said a decision would be made at a later day, “when there is more clarity on the situation,” on when to play the FIFA Club World Cup, either later in 2021, in 2022 or in 2023.

He said he’ll also have a conversation with the Chinese FA and the Chinese government to postpone that competition, which includes the winner of the Concacaf Champions League.

Infantino will also discuss the current international calendar with the hopes of finding solutions by the end of April.

He also pledged $10 million from FIFA to the World Health Organization COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, while also mentioning the possibility of establishing “a Global Football Assistance Fund to help members of the football community affected by this crisis.”

To read Infantino's full statement, click here.


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