When Gianni Infantino backed the proposal for the World Cup to be expanded to 48 teams, he probably thought he would please fans by showing them more football. It seems, however, that he could not have been more wrong!
The revised competition would see 16 groups of three teams compete in the first round, with two progressing to an expanded knockout stage.
After the news was announced, football fans took to social media to express their sheer disgust, saying that the new FIFA president has ruined the World Cup.
But at least one Scotland fan was somewhat pleased...!
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has backed plans for a 48-team World Cup. With 16 groups of 3 teams... pic.twitter.com/HNkaTysWAy— BigSport (@BigSportGB) December 7, 2016
At some point Gianni Infantino is going to have to start creating new countries for his crazy World Cups.— Sam Morshead (@SamMorshead_) December 7, 2016
That new World Cup plan is horrible. The Euros have already been ruined, so might as well destroy the World Cup too!— #SayNoToShortCorners (@simondopp) December 7, 2016
Even if Scotland qualified for a 48 team World Cup & 2 teams progressed from 3 team groups we would still fail to get out that stage!— Scott Johnston (@Thefootyblognet) December 7, 2016
@AFP I always feared a day like this will come.— Oluseyi (@SeyiRec) December 7, 2016
Time to fav a new sport!
Breaking: Gianni Infantino has backed a 48 team World Cup with 16 groups of 3 teams. pic.twitter.com/a5OFCkpfQT— 138.com (@138BET) December 7, 2016
FIFA is just a wretched mess. And now, Infantino is succumbing to the nonsense. pic.twitter.com/I5VHfjWuGS— Ikspuostoh (@HotS0upSki) December 7, 2016
The reaction to Gianni Infantino's 48 team World Cup idea goes some way to explaining why Theresa May won't show anyone her Brexit plans.— Spirit of Mirko (@mirkobolesan) December 7, 2016