|Quoting LTU932 (Reply 1):|
I don't understand what you mean in the highlighted part. I also don't understand why any UEFA member federation would harrass both of them with regards to their national teams.
Oh there is a HUGE rift that has developed between UEFA and CONMEBOL (which from the European view, correctly or not, are mainly Brazil and Argentina), because of the South American qualifyer system, which last two years and creates huge tensions between the European clubs that pay millions for those players that have to then go for two years to play for their national teams.
Even within UEFA itself you see the huge divide between the top-notch European Clubs, to the point they want to create their own league.
FIFA gets a lot of money from Brazil and Argentina merchandising, from promotions to memorabilia. Remember that in countries in Asia and Africa, these two teams (specially Brazil), are by far the most popular. You see t-shirts from those two teams all over, and during World Cups in those countries half the country goes for one team or another and you see many flags, etc.
This was just a debate question, which was brought up in a local show, it is not the wishes of either football federation, or even the officials that said this, it was just a hypothetical.
It was said that the World Cup would go on, and it would I would think. But any 'World Champion' in a tournament where the teams did not have to go through and sweat it out with Brazil and Argentina would be trully meaningless and Europe and the rest of the world know it. In that sense, it would be the end of the World Cup.