Man City players and Pep Guardiola may join new Fifa protest – Kieran Maguire

Man City players and Pep Guardiola may join new Fifa protest - Kieran Maguire

The squad and coaching staff at Man City will not like the new Fifa Club World Cup taking place over 30 days as it puts too much demand on players.

That is the view of finance expert Kieran Maguire, who exclusively told Football Insider that the “money men” at City will go against the players and want the competition to take place.

The new Fifa Club World Cup format is set to take place next year with Chelsea and Manchester City involved as the two English clubs.

However, as reported by Sky, Fifa have been threatened by the global players’ union FIFPRO that there could be a “mass revolt” if they continue with their current schedule in June and July.

The union complained that the tournament – set to take place in the United States – would cause a congested calendar and endanger the health of players.

Man City players will go against ‘money men’ at the club

Maguire explained that Pep Guardiola and his players will likely support the protests against the tournament, while the clubs’ senior figures will be attracted by the potential earnings.

The people at Manchester City will be torn when it comes to the demands of the Fifa Club World Cup,” Maguire told Football Insider’s Sean Fisher.

The money men will want the competition to take place as it could be worth tens and tens of millions for the winner.

But it’s taking place over a full 30 days and I think the coach and the players will think differently as the demands put on them as elite athletes are far too great.

This impacts not only their quality, but also in terms of shortening their careers as soft tissue injuries become more common – this can cause earlier retirements.

In other news, Pep Guardiola ‘expected’ to leave Man City

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