FIFA hopeful Ginola wants combined World Cups

FIFA presidential hopeful David Ginola has said that the men’s and women’s World Cups to be staged simultaneously in the same host nations, BBC Sport has reported.

The former Tottenham, Newcastle United and Aston Villa star announced his intention earlier in January to challenge current president Sepp Blatter in the upcoming FIFA elections. To be eligible, he must gain the support of five member associations and prove football involvement in at least two of the last five years.

Currently, the men’s and women’s World Cups are held in different years in different host nations. The last men’s tournament took place in the summer of 2014 in Brazil, while the women begin their campaign in Canada in June, but Ginola wants a ‘global spectacular’, which would increase the profile of the women’s game.

Announcing the idea, Ginola said: “We’re talking about equality because we want women to be treated as well as the men. We want the women’s World Cup to be organised and played right after the men’s World Cup. For example, it would have been in Brazil using the structure of the men’s World Cup. It would be interesting to see how we can set this up.”

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