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Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow fumes at ‘crazy’ World Cup idea

Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow was quizzed about plans for a World Cup every two years.

It has been reported that FIFA are exploring plans to hold the showpiece competition twice as often with the World Cup currently taking place every four years.

UEFA have already hit out at the plans, citing the lengthening between World Cup tournaments as giving it a ‘mystique’ and worries about whether players can keep up performance and fitness levels required for a top-level football tournament every two years.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, now ‘head of global development’ at FIFA, is said to be at the heart of plans for reforming the World Cup.

Villa CEO Purslow was quizzed by reporters and agreed with UEFA on the point about having more World Cup competitions and how it would erode the essence of the tournament.

“It’s a terrible idea,” Purslow said, “because I am a traditionalist and I think scarcity makes things very valuable and every four years feels about right to me.

“I am much more interested in the fact that next season we play an equally crazy idea which is a winter World Cup and we will not see any Premier League football at the peak of our season between November and December which is something that people are going to have to get used to.

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“These decisions that get taken a long time ago, they bite quite soon and next season we will all see that.

“I always have concerns about player welfare but I have more concerns for our fans mising Premier League football for five weeks in the winter which is our great national tradition.”

As it stands the Qatar World Cup, being held next year, is set to sideline the Premier League from November 13 to Boxing Day 2022.

The competition is being held in the Gulf state’s winter season because it would be too hot in the summer.

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