FIFA President Gianni Infantino set to introduce two money-spinning pet projects today

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino is set to ignite new opposition today over his ambition to introduce two money-spinning pet projects — a revamped global club cup and a bold new international championship.

Infantino’s Saudi-backed plans, which have already been harshly criticised, are on the agenda of today’s meeting of FIFA’s ruling council.

It is unclear whether the council’s 37 members will vote on the projects, giving world football’s governing body authorisation to implement them.

But opponents are already sharpening the knives, deploring the proposed introduction of new competitions in an overcrowded football calendar while also targeting Infantino himself, accused of seeking to win votes ahead of his re-election bid in June next year.

The World Leagues Forum, which groups professional football leagues, has expressed its strong opposition to the proposed Club World Cup format and the Global Nations League in the past.

This week the influential body addressed a letter to Infantino signed by English FA chief Richard Scudamore and his Bundesliga counterpart Christian Seifert among others demanding that no decision be taken in Kigali. It also lamented the lack of any consultation between FIFA and the leagues.

AFP/BEN