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More World Cup changes thrown around as Platini wants 40-team format

Oct 28, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

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UEFA President Michel Platini has laid out a plan to expand the World Cup to 40 teams, scrapping the current 32-team format.

The move was prompted by Sepp Blatter’s recent revelation that FIFA is interested in reducing the number of European teams participating in favor of adding more African and Asian countries.

According to Platini, his plan would only extend the World Cup by three days, adding more group stage matches by expanding each group to five teams, but still only the top two would advance.

“I totally agree with Mr Blatter that we need more African and Asian [countries]” said Platini. “But instead of taking away some European, we have to go to 40 teams. We can add two African, two Asiatic, two American, one Oceania and one from Europe.”

Platini wants his plan to be instituted by the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

It’s no shock that the president of the European governing body doesn’t want to see his region lose members taking part in the finals, but an increase to 40 teams seems a bit reactionary.

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