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Infantino says biannual World Cup could prevent migrant crisis

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has bizarrely suggested that a biannual World Cup would help prevent refugees from fleeing to Europe and give more Africans hope in a racial address in front of the European Council in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

In a speech to the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe, who are the European lawmakers dedicated to supporting human rights, the Fifa president stated that the game of football is being dominated by the few who “have everything”, and it needed to be more global and inclusive.

“This topic is not about whether we want a World Cup every two years, but about what do we want to do for the future of football,” said Infantino.

“If we think about the rest of world and the vast majority of Europe, then we have to think about what football brings. Football is about an opportunity, about hope, about the national teams. We cannot say to the rest of the world give us your money, but watch us on TV. We need to include them.

He added: “We need to find ways to include the whole world to give hope to Africans so that they don’t need to cross the Mediterranean in order to find maybe a better life but, more probably, death in the sea.

“We need to give opportunities, to give dignity, not by charity but by allowing the rest of the world to participate. Maybe the World Cup every two years is not the answer. We discuss it.”

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