The president of the World football governing body, FIFA, Gianni Infantino has disapproved of the proposed European Super League which could commence in 2022. He urged the clubs that are interested in the proposed league to “think about it carefully”.
Since it was made official that 12 top clubs in Europe – Manchester United, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, Tottenham, Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter Milan, have confirmed their participation in the tournament, there have been far-reaching criticisms against the plan.
Most football fans, pundits, politicians, and football administrators have spoken against the development in separate press statements and news conferences. Even the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, has condemned the proposal.
Recent reports claim that clubs in the Premier League would wear a T-shirt with the caption: “Earn it” whenever they are paired to play against a European Super League club.
Despite the agitation against the proposed European Super League, no club which has signed up for it has aborted its plan to join the league.
The European Super League which intends to rival the prestigious UEFA Champions League intends to be staged during mid-week from 2022-2023 season.
In reaction to the plan, Gianni Infantino who has always spoken against the plan urged the clubs that have chosen to join the league to reconsider their stands.
He said: “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 FIFA.
“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.
“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 or half out.”
FIFA President on super league: “There is a lot to throw away for short-term financial gain. People need to think very carefully. They need to think not only on their shareholders, but about the fans, on all those which have contributed to create what European football is today." pic.twitter.com/cEuBq7mBad— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) April 20, 2021
Recently, a member of the UEFA executive committee Dr. Jesper Moller said Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Chelsea that are still part of the UEFA Champions League this season might be banned from the competition.
Among the top clubs in Europe that are still involved in this season’s UEFA Champions League, only Paris Saint Germain are yet to sign up for the Super League.