FIFA president fires warning message to Chelsea, others over European Super League

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has slammed the proposed new European Super League, making clear to clubs wishing to breakaway they cannot be ‘half in, half out’.

Warning the 12 founder club members of the controversial project they must ‘live with the consequences of their choice’, Infantino said world football’s governing body stood in solidarity with UEFA and others in opposing the plans.

However, he stopped short of confirming that any players involved in the Super League would be banned from playing international football or competing in the World Cup.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said the club who wished to break away and form a European Super League ‘would have to live with the consequences’
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said the club who wished to break away and form a European Super League ‘would have to live with the consequences’
Infantino, who was addressing the UEFA Congress in Switzerland, said FIFA was firmly against the idea of a breakaway league that has rocked football
Infantino, who was addressing the UEFA Congress in Switzerland, said FIFA was firmly against the idea of a breakaway league that has rocked football
In his address to the 45th UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland, Infantino said: ‘At FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of the Super League, of a Super League that is a closed shop, a breakaway from the current institutions, the leagues, the associations, from UEFA and from FIFA, outside of the system.

‘There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval of this. I am here today as the FIFA president to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, to the 55 member associations, to the leagues, the clubs, the players and the fans all over the world.

‘We can see that there is a lot to throw away for maybe a short term financial gain. People need to think very carefully and reflect and assume responsibility.

‘They need to think not only of their shareholders but of all the people, all the fans, of all those who have contributed to create what European football is today, what European football clubs are today.

‘It goes back not only decades, more than 100 years, people with love, passion and commitment have created all this. We need to protect this.

‘It is our task, it is my task as FIFA president and yours in the federation to protect the European club model, tournaments and national teams. It is thanks to the national teams, football can survive all over the world

‘If some elect to go their own way, then they must live with the consequences of their choice, they are responsible for their choice.

‘Concretely, this means either you are in or you are out. You cannot be half in, half out.’

It suggests that the 12 clubs that intend to break away would not be able to compete in their domestic leagues or UEFA’s continental competitions in parallel with the Super League.

Infantino didn’t mention whether FIFA would ban players involved in the Super League from their own competitions – including the World Cup
Infantino didn’t mention whether FIFA would ban players involved in the Super League from their own competitions – including the World Cup
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin took aim at the rebel clubs’ owners in his speech
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin took aim at the rebel clubs’ owners in his speech
Under the proposals for the new 20-team competitions, matches would be played in midweek slots, effectively replacing the Champions League and the Europa League.

But this would leave weekend dates available to continue participating in the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga or other domestic competitions.

News of the Super League, which is being bankrolled to the tune of £4.3billion by the Wall Street giant JP Morgan, has sent shockwaves through football.

The Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, Spanish trio Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid as well as Italy’s Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan have signed up as founder members.

But it has sparked an enormous backlash from other clubs, national associations and fans around Europe.

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