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Official: FIFA Club World Cup to be played from February 1 to 11 in Morocco

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Speaking at the press conference ahead of the FIFA World Cup final, the governing body’s president, Gianni Infantino, has confirmed the dates and location for the FIFA Club World Cup.

The tournament that sees winners of continental tournaments across the six FIFA confederations and a representative from the host country, is usually held in December but has been delayed for a second season in a row.

Real Madrid are involved in the tournament by virtue of their UEFA Champions League triumph last season. But there had not been any clear updates regarding the dates and venue for the tournament, although it had been reported that the event could be held in the UAE.

But it has now been officially confirmed that the FIFA Club World Cup will be held in Morocco from February 1 to 11.

So far Real Madrid have confirmed as participants in the tournament along with Brazilian giants Flamengo, who won the Copa Libertadores, while Seattle Sounders (CONCACAF), Auckland City (Oceania) and Wydad Casablanca (Africa) have also qualified.

Two other participants are yet to be confirmed, one of whom will be the winners of the Asian Champions League.

Infantini also confirmed plans to hold a 32-team FIFA Club World Cup starting from 2025.

The last time the FIFA Club World Cup was held in Morocco, Real Madrid had come out on top in the tournament. And Carlo Ancelotti & co. will be hoping to repeat that feat again in February next year.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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