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European Club Association wants more say in FIFA reforms

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge heads the ECA.

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Bayern Munich CEO and European Club Association Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge met with the European Union's Commissioner for Sport Tibor Navracsics at Säbaner Strasse in Munich on Monday. Rummenigge, while always representing the interests of Bayern, was in his role as ECA Chairman for the meeting.

"Football is facing serious challenges and I believe that the solution lies in a process of fundamental reform with the involvement of all relevant stakeholders," Navracsics said. "I will continue to follow and support this process for the good of the game and all those who love it."

The ECA has been fighting FIFA in recent years and has won many significant victories which include fewer international friendlies and moving international games during the season to earlier in the week so players have more time to return to their clubs.

Rummenigge said, "I am very happy to have met with Tibor Navracsics once again and share with him ECA's views and vision for the further development of football in Europe at this crucial time in the history of the game."

Part of new FIFA President Gianni Infantino's campaign included expanding the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams. This has been strongly opposed by the ECA even though they backed his candidacy for the position.