FIFA have approved a revised 24-team Club World Cup starting in 2021 despite top European clubs saying they would boycott the tournament.
The new competition is expected to include eight teams from Europe.
It will run every four years and take place from June to July in the slot currently used for the World Cup warm-up event, the confederations cup.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino is happy about the development.
The club world cup is currently held every December and features seven teams from six confederations, but the competition is largely ignored by European fans.
Apart from eight European clubs, the new tournament would see six teams from South America, three each from Africa, Asia and North and Central America and one from Oceania.
It has been suggested each club could earn £50m by taking part.
BREAKING: FIFA Bans Africa Football Chief Ahmad Ahmad For 5 Years Over Corruption
The global governing football body announced FIFA has on Monday suspended the head of African football Ahmad Ahmad for five years for corruption
FIFA in a statement announcing the suspension said Ahmad, who has been president of the African Football Confederation (CAF) since March 2017 and was standing for re-election had “breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as the CAF President”.
The 60-year-old Madagascan official was also fined 200,000 Swiss francs ($220,000) by FIFA for the misdeeds, which related to “the organisation and financing of an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca” and his involvement in CAF’s dealings with a sports equipment company.
In 2019, Ahmad was detained for questioning by French authorities on the eve of the Women’s World Cup over an equipment deal with a firm that appeared to have little connection with soccer.
Pep Guardiola Signs Man City Contract Extension
Pep Guardiola has signed a two-year deal that will see him remain as Manchester City manager until the summer of 2023.
The 49-year-old has won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and three league cups since joining in 2016.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager’s previous deal was set to expire at the end of this season.
Guardiola’s current five-year stay is the longest commitment he has made to a team since becoming a manager in 2008.
City have won nearly seventy-four percent, or 181 of their 245 matches, under Guardiola.
FIFA Club World Cup To Be Held In Qatar In February 2021
The 2022 world cup hosts, Qatar, are set to host the world’s continental club championship for the second time in February, after hosting the 2019 edition that was won by Liverpool.
Two clubs have already qualified for the tournament. European champions Bayern Munich will be joined by Qatar stars league winners Al Duhail who are the host nation’s representatives.