UEFA prepares to fight Saudi-backed Club World Cup plan

There is a possibility of another El Clasico clashes outside the Spanish La Liga as Barcelona and Real Madrid will be among the 12 European representatives to contest the new Super Club World Cup by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

It is understood that Liverpool and Manchester United will be invited to participate in the competition alongside Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Ajax, Inter Milan and Juventus.

According to the document, 12 of the 24 teams in the competition would be European, four or five from South America, two each from the rest of the Americas, Asia and Africa, leaving the Oceania to battle for the last place with a South American team.

The Reds are reported to have been invited to take part in a new 24-team competition could be held every four years.

Uefa and the Premier League are both said to have expressed concerns about the proposed competition with Infantino hoping to officially confirm the competition in June.

Plans are said to be in place to introduce the quadrennial tournament from June 2021, which could be worth more than £100m for those involved.

Funding for the new tournament is being put up by a consortium of investors led by Japan's SoftBank and backed by the likes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The Times' Martyn Ziegler reports that China have already thrown its hat into the ring to stage the inaugural edition of the Club World Cup in 2021.

As a result, the competition is expected to take away the existing tournaments: the Club World Cup and the Confederations Cup.

An emergency Federation Internationale de Football Association meeting is expected to be held early next month to rubber stamp the tournament.

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