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Platini calls for 40-team World Cup

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LONDON — Uefa chief Michel Platini wants the World Cup finals expanded to 40 teams from 2018 to allow more African and Asian countries into the football tournament without reducing the number of European nations represented.

Reuters

Europe currently provides 13 of the 32 teams at the finals, compared with five from Africa and four or five, depending on the winners of a play-off against a South American team, for the most populous continent Asia.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter wrote last week that Africa and Asia deserved more representation.

Former France international Platini, widely regarded as likely successor to Blatter, said by his calculations adding eight more teams would require extending the tournament by only three days.

“It’s good for everybody,” Platini told Britain’s Times newspaper. I agree with Blatter that we need more African and Asian (teams). But instead of taking away some European, we have to go to 40 teams. We can add two African, two Asiatic, two American, one Oceania and one from Europe.”

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