20th April, 2021
FIFA boss Gianni Infantino slammed the proposed Super League and warned that the football clubs involved could face “consequences”.
Twelve major European football clubs announced plans on Sunday for a new breakaway league which would drastically change the landscape of the world’s most popular sport.
“At FIFA we can only and strongly disapprove the creation of the Super League, of a Super League which is a closed shop, a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA,” Infantino said on Tuesday at a UEFA congress in Switzerland.
“If someone decides to undertake its own path, they will have to pay the consequences,” Infantino added.
Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are the six English clubs involved, together with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid from Spain and Italian trio Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan.
In its latest statement on Sunday, UEFA made it clear it believes that the Super League is a project “founded on the self-interest of a few clubs at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever”.
It also added that it will consider “all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent this happening”.
Real Madrid President Florentino Perez, the head of the new Super League, has insisted that would be “impossible”, but Infantino threatened action as FIFA took a stronger stance than it did with its initial statement when the news first broke.
“It is our task to protect the European sport model, so if some elect to go their own way then they must live with the consequences of their choices,” said Infantino.
“They are responsible for their choices.
“Either you’re in or you’re out. You can’t be half in and half out. Think of it, this has to be absolutely, absolutely clear.”
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said there was still time for clubs to pull out, addressing the owners, particularly of the Premier League teams involved, and saying they could row back on their “mistake”.
“Gentlemen, you made a huge mistake,” said Ceferin, who had launched a withering attack against the Super League clubs on Monday.