Almost Two Thirds Of Brits Opposed To Biennial World Cup, According To New Poll

Almost two-thirds of Britons are opposed to having a World Cup every two years, according to a new YouGov poll.

Sixty-four per cent of the 1,000 fans surveyed this week have come out against FIFA’s plans to cut the gap between its showpiece event, joining fans’ groups, UEFA and the world’s major leagues in giving the proposals the thumbs-down.

European Leagues, a group which includes the Premier League and the EFL, said its members “firmly and unanimously” opposed the plans brought forward by FIFA’s head of global development Arsene Wenger, the former Arsenal manager.

UEFA has gone even further, with its president Aleksander Ceferin telling The Times that European countries could boycott the tournament if the plans were approved.

The YouGov poll found younger fans were most favourable to playing World Cups more regularly, but even then only 27 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds supported it.

Overall only one in five (21 per cent) support the plan, and only eight per cent were strongly in favour. Forty per cent strongly opposed the plan, with a further 24 per cent somewhat opposed.

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