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UEFA raises doubts on $25 billion FIFA deal

UEFA raises doubts on $25 billion FIFA deal
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LYON, FRANCE‚ÄĒEuropean soccer leaders say they have ‚Äúserious reservations‚ÄĚ about the pace and process of FIFA pressing to accept a $25 billion, 12-year deal for two new competitions.

The statement after UEFA’s Professional Football Strategy Council met Wednesday casts doubt on FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s hope to reach agreement before the World Cup kicks off next month.

A statement issued after UEFA’s Professional Football Strategy Council met Wednesday casts doubt on FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s hope to reach agreement before the World Cup kicks off next month.  (- / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

UEFA‚Äôs strategy panel ‚ÄĒ including representatives of clubs, leagues and player unions ‚ÄĒ criticized the ‚Äúhasty timing and lack of concrete information‚ÄĚ from FIFA about a planned 24-team Club World Cup expansion and Nations League for more than 200 countries.

In March, Infantino said FIFA had 60 days to agree on a $25 billion guaranteed investment from an unnamed consortium. That deadline seemed to expire this week.
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