FIFA vice-president Boyce interested in Platini’s 40-team World Cup plan

FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce says he is “very interested” to hear Michel Platini’s World Cup development suggestion, says ESPN.

Platini, the UEFA president, has proposed that the World Cup teams participating in the competition are increased from 32 to 40. The former France international is expected to become Sepp Blatter’s successor at FIFA after the Swiss president hinted about the role previously.

Boyce revealed his excitement at hearing the proposal. “I would be very interested to hear what he has to say,” he revealed. “It is not something I have heard mentioned but it is certainly something I would give my full consideration to, once I have the full details of Platini’s proposal.

Despite Boyce welcoming the suggested expansion, the proposal is seen by many as a ploy to gain more votes for the FIFA presidency across the 209 federations.

Platini’s suggestions comes as Blatter’s predecessor as FIFA president, Joao Havelange, expanded the World Cup from 16 teams to 24 in 1982 and again from 24 to 32 in 1998. The make-up of next year’s World Cup will be decided in the coming weeks, with play-offs to be held in November.

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