Infantino disapproves the creation of the 'closed shop' Super League

Tue 20 April 2021 | 9:45

FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed the football's world governing body will not accept the proposed European Super League.

Plans for a breakaway competition called the European Super League were made public by the 12 founding clubs in an official


on Sunday. The competition is set to be held with 20 clubs, including 15 founding clubs and an additional five clubs that qualify based on their previous season’s performance. The statement caused great backlash from the football authorities as they threatened the Super League players to be banned from playing in their domestic leagues in addition to international competitions.

Gianni Infantino

spoke about the new competition at UEFA's congress on Tuesday.

"At FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove the creation of a Super League which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA."

The FIFA president added:

"There is a lot to throw away for maybe a short-term financial gain of some. People need to think very carefully. They need to reflect and they need to assume responsibility."

The founding clubs have already resigned from the European Club Association (ECA) and Juventus President Andrea Agnelli has stepped down from his role in the UEFA Executive Committee.

"If some elect to go their own way, then they must live with the consequences of thei choice. They are responsible for their choice. Concretely, this means either you are in or you are out. You cannot be half in or half out."

The announcement for the new competition came just hours before UEFA announced a new, 36-team format for the Champions League. The European Super League president Florentino Perez insisted that none of the Super League players will be banned from their domestic leagues or international competitions.

"Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea as the other clubs of #SuperLeague will NOT be banned from the Champions League or domestic leagues. 100%, I'm sure. Impossible"

Perez told

El Chiringuito

in quotes carried by

Fabrizio Romano


He added:

"Players banned from international competitions and National teams according to UEFA? Don't worry, this will NOT happen. They won't be banned if they join SuperLeague"


source: SportMob