President of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, has amid preparations to begin another historic football competition, said no to the newly introduced European Super League games.
Akelicious had reported earlier that twelve top football clubs in Europe have defied worldwide backlash and officially announced the creation of the European Super League. The 12 clubs include Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan.
Reacting to the development on Tuesday, April 20, Infantino said the world football governing is not in agreement with the ESL and that clubs involved could face “consequences”.
He said: “At FIFA we can only and strongly disapprove the creation of the Super League, of a Super League who is a closed shop, a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA,”
Infantino while addressing a UEFA congress in Switzerland said there is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval of the faction.
Akelicious understands that UEFA had threatened to ban clubs involved in the ESL from participating in domestic and other European competitions, including the Champions League.
However, the head of the new ESL, Florentino Perez, 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,” Infantino insist.
“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.”