A soccer World Cup every two years? For German sport, the FIFA plans are a nightmare. For example for the handball pot official Hans Robert Hanning. “There is a risk of being crushed even more by football. We’re being stolen from the air we breathe, ”he said on Wednesday sid. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is also watching FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s expansion plans with suspicion. Basically it is a matter for FIFA and the continental associations, said IOC President Thomas Bach, but they follow the discussions and find them “very interesting”.
DHB Vice President Hanning fears for the “diversity of sport”. The idea alone is extremely dangerous for all of sport, he believes. Hanning therefore wants the German Football Association (DFB) to give a clear no to the debate that has been smoldering for weeks. “In my opinion, football has a certain responsibility for all of sport,” said the managing director of the top handball team, Füchse Berlin.
The top of the DFB will discuss the controversial issue at a board meeting on Friday. Most recently, tennis icon Boris Becker complained about the lack of sporting diversity on German television and pleaded for more space to be given to other disciplines. Hanning is certain: If FIFA gets through with their plans, many sports would »disappear completely from the media scene. A soccer World Cup every two years would further promote the already prevailing monoculture in large parts of the reporting «.
Criticism is likely to find fertile ground in the population. A large majority of German football fans are against a two-year World Cup. In a poll by the Fan Q voting platform, 83.5 percent thought the idea of a more frequent World Cup was bad or very bad. Only 11.7 percent of the 1,120 respondents voted good or very good on this question. (sid / jW)