FIFA rejects World Cup expansion plan

June 28, 2003
By Timothy Collings
PARIS, June 28 (Reuters) - FIFA's Executive Committee has rejected a proposal to expand the next two World Cup finals to 36 teams and backtracked on its promise to give Oceania an automatic place in the tournament.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter had made an election promise to give Oceania a guaranteed qualifying place but was defeated, he said, by democracy as the 24-man executive voted 22-1 to ditch a South American proposal to expand the tournament by four teams.

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