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Former Argentine Captain backs Infantino’s 48-team World Cup plan

Former Argentine Captain backs Infantino’s 48-team World Cup plan
Former Argentina's skipper Diego Maradona is delighted by plans by FIFA's President Gianni Infantino to expand the World Cup to 48 teams, saying that it would bring interest in the tournament.

The FIFA Council which is expected to approve a proposal to expand the finals from 32 to 48 teams, starting in 2026, when it meets Today.

Maradona, who is one of the greatest players to grace the game, and has been a long-time critic of FIFA.

“I'm delighted by Gianni's initiative because it gives chances to teams that otherwise would start the qualifiers knowing they had no chance of getting to the World-Cup,” Maradona told reporters after a veterans' match at FIFA-headquarters on Monday.

“It gives each country the dream and it renews the passion for football, it appears to me to be a fantastic idea,” added Maradona, who captained Argentina to World Cup success in 1986.

He notted that it was important for the sport that FIFA's image improved after it was battered by a corruption scandal that has seen 40 individuals and two sports marketing companies indicted in the U.S.

“We want a FIFA that is clean so people come back to the stadiums, with so much corruption people have got tired of always seeing the same thing,” said the 56-year-old.

Maradona was a frequent critic of Sepp Blatter and claimed there was “a mafia” inside FIFA.

He had also previously criticised Infantino, saying it was “very wrong to go from drawing the lots to running for FIFA president.”

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