FIFA president Sepp Blatter has threatened to impose limits on the size of some of Europe’s domestic leagues as the sport’s governing body looks at ways to reduce the dangers of burnout among its leading players.

“Some top leagues in Europe have 20 teams,’ said Blatter. ” This is too much.

‘ If the leagues and associations will not stop it then one day FIFA must dictate to them,” added Blatter at the annual FIFA congress.

Quizzed about the burden imposed by the introduction of new comeptitions by FIFA, Blatter denied that his own organisation was contributing to the problem.

He argued that the Confederations Cup and World Club Championships were all consistent the new international calendar drawn up by FIFA.