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Italian Footballers’ Association joins FIFPRO Europe’s legal action against FIFA over Club World Cup 2025 schedule

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The Italian Footballers’ Association (AIC) is joining FIFPRO Europe’s legal challenge against FIFA.

The lawsuit targets FIFA’s decisions regarding the international match calendar and the creation of the FIFA Club World Cup 2025. The AIC believes these actions violate players’ rights and EU competition law.

The AIC joins forces with the English Players’ Union (PFA) and the French Players’ Union (UNFP) in this legal action.

All three unions argue that the current football calendar is overloaded and impractical, negatively impacting players’ health and well-being.

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The AIC is particularly concerned about the impact of the Club World Cup on Italian players, who already face a demanding schedule of club and international matches.

They are requesting the Belgian Commercial Court to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for a preliminary ruling on four specific questions.

AIC President Umberto Calcagno emphasized the association’s long-standing fight against excessive competition. He pointed out the breaking point players are reaching due to the current demanding schedule.

“For years the Italian Footballers’ Association, together with FIFPro, has been fighting against excessive competition,” said Umberto Calcagno, president of the AIC.

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“Top players, engaged with clubs in national and international competitions, can play up to 70 games a year and travel more than 90,000 kilometers. It is clear that we cannot imagine continuing at this pace.”

The AIC’s involvement highlights the growing concern among players’ unions about the impact of FIFA’s decisions.

These decisions raise questions about player welfare and the overall health of the football calendar.

The outcome of the legal action remains uncertain, but the AIC’s involvement marks a significant step in this ongoing debate.

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