UEFA president Platini wants 40-team World Cup

UEFA president Michel Platini has declared he wants a 40 team World Cup.

UEFA president Michel Platini has declared he wants a 40 team World Cup.

He believes an increase in teams would only add an extra three days to the tournament's running time and would ensure better representation for non-European confederations.

"It's good for everybody," Platini told The Times. "I totally agree with Mr Blatter that we need more African and Asian (countries). But instead of taking away some European, we have to go to 40 teams in the World Cup.

"We can add two African, two Asiatic, two American and one from Europe. I support this idea totally."

Platini believes the growth of FIFA in recent decades justifies a bigger World Cup.

"Football is changing and now we have 209 associations," he said. "There are more countries so why reduce? Forty is not so bad.

"You have three days more of competition and you make more people happy."

 
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