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FIFA has finally moved to scrap the idea of ​​a biennial World Cup, backed by Arsene Wenger

Fifa will end the doomed World Cup plan every two years.

Global Chief Gianni Infantino has accepted defeat in the idea he had campaigned alongside Arsene Wenger.

Fifa boss Gianni Infantino and Arsene Wenger have given up on their plan to hold World Cups every two years

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Fifa boss Gianni Infantino and Arsene Wenger have given up on their plan to hold World Cups every two yearsCredit: EPA

Infantino had planned to use Thursday’s congress of the 211 member associations to bring matters to a head and hold a crucial vote.

But the global backlash, spearheaded by European football, has forced Infantino into an embarrassing retreat.

That means there won’t even be a discussion of the concept at Thursday’s meeting in Doha.

And even the backup options of a Global National League or an enhanced version of the dropped Confederations Cup are now frozen.

Sometimes a bad idea can kill.

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EUROPE’S giants may have taken a kick out of the Super League debacle.

But the Prem Big Six helped to a big win over Uefa to confirm the disputed two ‘historic’ places in the revised Champions League of 2024-25.

Uefa have been keen to give clubs from smaller nations more space, rather than agreeing to planned ‘coefficient’ places when the new 36-team ‘Swiss Model’ competition kicks off.

But the powerful European Club Association, which reinstated the Prem Six after they revoked their Super League dalliance, pushed through the change.

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The only justification given is that a nation can only have one of the additional places and that it must be the top two teams that earn a place from direct qualification.

That means “no leapfrogging” for the sixth- or seventh-place prem teams over the team finishing in fifth place.

If the system had been in place for next season and the leagues finished as they are, Spurs and Villarreal would have seen an upgrade.


In truth, PORT VALE hasn’t uprooted that many trees in its supposed 146-year history.

But the Potteries club have pulled off a feat that no one in English professional football can boast of.

Vale’s 2-0 League Two win over Sutton on Saturday made them the ONLY club in the top four tiers of the pyramid to beat ALL other 91 in a league game.

And that’s worth talking about.

The FIFA World Cup finals draw isn’t the only major sporting event taking place in Doha this week.

The opening event of the rebel tournament with the world’s best player in tennis and squash hybrid padel will also take place in the capital of Qatar.

With a purse of £437,000, the Qatar Masters is Premier Padel’s first event to be endorsed by the International Padel Federation but has broken away from the more established World Padel Tour.

Money speaks, indeed.


THE man who made snooker what it is will be back at the Crucible this month – and he has a story or two to tell.

Barry Hearn was the man who played snooker, darts and boxing at the box office in his remarkable career.

And he will reveal some secrets in his autobiography, Barry Hearn: My Life: Knockouts, Snookers, Bullseyes, Tight Lines and Sweet Deals, which he will publish when he appears in Sheffield for this year’s World Championships.

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A MAJOR riot between Spanish politicians could derail ambitions for Barcelona and the Pyrenees region to host the 2020 Winter Olympics.

Spain’s Olympic chiefs have suggested that most events should take place in Catalonia and Barcelona.

This left only biathlon, curling, figure skating, speed skating and short track speed skating in the Aragon region.

Aragon President Javier Lambon criticized the “unfair” plan, threatened a boycott of talks with the national Olympic federation and called for a significant change.

But the row threatens to undermine Spain’s bid, which faces competition from three former Winter Games hosts, Sapporo in Japan, Salt Lake City and Vancouver.

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