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Proper consultation needed before changes are made

The EPFL (the Association of European Professional Football Leagues) have warned Fifa that they will not tolerate any changes in international football fixtures without any prior discussion or agreement with them.

There have been suggestions recently that the 2022 World Cup finals could be staged in the winter but the European leagues have declared their stern opposition to the idea and have stated that they will not tolerate any changes without their consent.

A statement on the EPFL website reads: "Whilst the EPFL welcomes the assurances publicly given by Fifa president, Joseph S. Blatter, earlier this week, that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be held in summer as it has since 1930, the association cannot avoid expressing its dissatisfaction with the way such a significant matter was dealt with and Fifa’s decision back in June 2010 to overburden the international match calendar with eight additional dates over the 2011-2014 calendar cycle, which represents an increase of more than 20 per cent [from 38 to 46].

"This was another unilateral decision which causes major problems to leagues and clubs, taken without any prior explanation and consultation with those who it affects and accordingly would have a legitimate interest in having a say in the matter, such as our member leagues and clubs.

"The EPFL therefore invites Fifa to reconsider its decision-making process and enhance participative democracy."

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