SHOWS: AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS (MARCH 26, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDREA AGNELLI, CHAIRMAN OF THE EUROPEAN CLUBS ASSOCIATION, SAYING: "Our board, the UEFA Executive Committee, Fifa Task Force, Fifa Stakeholders Committee, in every single individual committee, we as Europeans, UEFA or the ECA, have reiterated that we didn't want the proposal to be brought up at the council in Miami.
It was brought up, the position was, as it stands today and we at the ECA clubs will confirm that, we're not willing to participate in this competition (Club World Cup) at this moment in time because of the congested calendar." 2.
WHITE FLASH 3.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDREA AGNELLI, CHAIRMAN OF THE EUROPEAN CLUBS ASSOCIATION, SAYING: "You have weekend matches today.
So I will not promise that that one won't be taken away." REPORTER: Will you promise that there will be no more than this one?
"We have to engage, I don't think it's the issue at the moment.
The planning, the future planning, it's not been there at the moment.
I think today there is one, and that one will certainly stay." STORY: The umbrella organisation representing more than 200 European clubs reiterated on Tuesday (March 26) that its members would not take part in FIFA's planned 2021 Club World Cup under current circumstances.
However, the European Club Association (ECA) said it would contemplate changing its position if FIFA sat down and discussed changes to the international match calendar.
"We at the ECA clubs will confirm that, we're not willing to participate in this competition at this moment in time because of the congested calendar," ECA chairman Andrea Agnelli told reporters.
Agnelli also denied that the ECA has proposed playing Champions League matches at weekend from 2024 onwards, when the present format is due to be altered.
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