Bale opposed to World Cup idea

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Wales captain Gareth Bale has admitted that he doesn’t like the idea of holding the World Cup every two years, as proposed by football’s world governing body.

The 32-year-old is well aware that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar could be his last opportunity to play in the tournament but the winger said making the tournament a biennial event is not ideal.

“I like the tradition of every four years. It has that prestige, like the Olympics where it comes around every four years. It feels that little bit more special because it’s not happening too often,” said Bale.

“It does make it that bit more prestigious … I don’t really like that every two years because it loses that bit of history.”

Meanwhile, a joint statement by Football Supporters Europe (FSE) and fans’ groups from across the six confederations called on Fifa to abandon their proposals.

“Such a move threatens to destroy the already fragile balance between local, domestic, continental, and international competitions and calendars,” the statement read.

“The game needs to change. But it needs to change for the better. We do not want or need more World Cups.”

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By FARPost Reporter