Blatter did not succumb to the entreaties of clubs

Blatter did not succumb to the entreaties of clubsFIFA President Sepp Blatter met on Friday with representatives of the top European clubs, but his position in June of this year the Confederations Cup was not softened.But Blatter has agreed to make the calendar of the international games for 2004-2008.Among the participants of the four-hour meeting, which tried to convince FIFA President to facilitate the calendar or even to cancel the Confederations Cup, were Vice-President of the "Bavaria" Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chief Executive officer of Manchester United's Peter Kenyon.Previously, some clubs even threatened not to release their players for this tournament. However, FIFA is unwavering: "We expect that the participating teams will put on field their strongest lineups," said Blatter."FIFA urged European clubs to reconsider their views on this tournament, which is not only important for the fans, but also for the clubs", - said in a FIFA statement.Regarding the calendar of games for 2004-2008, the following decisions were taken: first, international friendly matches will be postponed until April, since 2005. Secondly, the football Association of South America agreed not to call for friendly matches players during the qualifying round for the 2006 FIFA world Cup, if they are held outside of Europe.Moreover, the Confederation of African Football will apply the same selection scheme for African Cup of Nations and the 2006 world Cup.In turn, Copa America will be held every four years and in the same year as the European Championships..

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