Fifa risks row with Europe’s elite by approving new 24-team Club World Cup

• New tournament set to take place every four years from 2021
• European Club Association unhappy with lack of consultation

Fifa has ignored European opposition to its plan to revamp the Club World Cup by voting to approve a new 24-team tournament starting in June 2021.

The move to scrap the current seven-team tournament, which takes place every winter but is largely ignored by European fans, and replace it with a larger, more lucrative contest every fourth summer, would appear to set Fifa on collision course with Europe’s elite.

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