‘A moment’s silence': Twitter reacts to World Cup expansionPublished January 10, 2017
FIFA’s announcement that the World Cup wILL be moving to a 48-team format has been met with a predominantly negative response on Twitter.
On Tuesday morning, the game’s governing body controversially voted unanimously in favour of expanding the number of teams participating in the showpiece event from the current 32 to 48, meaning 16 extra teams will qualify for the 2026 edition.
And following the news, social media was awash with criticism for FIFA’s new setup.
Here’s the best of Twitter after the announcement.
Some were rightly aggrieved by the decision…
A moment’s silence for the 32-team World Cup pic.twitter.com/2btrC0FCpY— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) January 10, 2017
16 groups of three teams! Lulz! Because international footy isn't crap enough. #WorldCup— Paul Tweedle (@torlporl) January 10, 2017
But others chose to poke fun at the new setup
World Cup 2026 pic.twitter.com/ik1yfCrvYI— a d i l (@Barzaboy) January 10, 2017
48 teams in the next World Cup? I have immediately bought shares in Panini.— Richard Osman (@richardosman) January 10, 2017
Here’s how it could look come 2026…
Using FIFA rankings, here's how World Cup 2026 groups could look. Seeds listed first; top 2 go through. Hell of a draw for Wales and England pic.twitter.com/HYdnRXJDyQ— Huw Davies (@thehuwdavies) January 10, 2017
There could even be a legal battle on the horizon…
Spanish league want to take FIFA to court to stop World Cup expanding to 48 teams. La Liga say they weren't consulted on unacceptable plan— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 10, 2017
Maybe it could benefit ‘smaller’ nations…