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International Football: European Clubs Declare War with FIFA?

The European Club Association has made its first announcement from Geneva this week—and it marks an escalation in a war of words with FIFA.

Every two years the ECA meets to decide on the future of club football and at the top of the agenda is undermining the power of FIFA's governance, firstly through decreasing the international football calendar.

Currently there are 12 international days that FIFA demands the release of clubs' players to attend, the ECA wants this number reduced to six.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, president of ECA, recently launched a scathing attack on Sepp Blatter, head of FIFA, for the corruption scandals which have rocked football's governing body. Rummenigge and the ECA sense a weakening in FIFA's hold on power, and with it an opportunity for clubs to gain ground in their control over the direction of the sport.

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