Fifa president Gianni Infantino is not interested in European Premier League

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Fifa president Gianni Infantino has made it clear that he does not have an interest in the proposed European Premier League which could rival the UEFA Champions League.

Earlier in the week, news broke that FIFA has backed a plan to introduce a super league tagged European Premier League. The proposed league is said to be for the top clubs in the top European leagues.

According to viral reports announcing the proposed league, the league will comprise of 18 clubs selected from Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, the English Premier League, the German Bundesliga, and the French Ligue 1.

Reports say $6 billion has already been set aside to run the league which is scheduled to commence in 2022. The reports also say Liverpool and Manchester United have already been approached and are in talks in conjunction with the proposed league.

However, on Wednesday, Ed Woodward, the deputy Executive Officer of Manchester United denied being connected to the proposed League. While on Thursday, the president of the world football governing body denied that Fifa was backing the proposed new league.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino
Fifa president Gianni Infantino

Gianni Infantino said he is more interested in revamping the Fifa Club World Cup which was postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic than getting involved in a new league. The Fifa president said he preferred to see Bayern Munich play a lesser club outside Europe to watching the reigning UEFA Champions League winners play another big club in Europe.

“As FIFA president, I’m interested in the Club World Cup, not the Super League,” Infantino said. “For me, it’s not about Bayern Munich against Liverpool, but Bayern against Boca Juniors.

“Liverpool has 180 million fans worldwide. Flamengo has 40 million fans and 39 million of them are in Brazil. Liverpool has maybe five million fans in England and 175 million fans around the world.

“I want clubs from outside Europe to have global appeal in the future. That’s my vision: to have 50 clubs and 50 national teams who can become world champions.”

Meanwhile, one of the recent reports concerning the proposed European Premier League revealed that the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez is allegedly behind the plan. But as of the time of publishing this report, he was yet to confirm or debunk the report.

Also, the European football governing body, UEFA, has declared that the football governing body is strongly against the plan, noting that the proposed league would become boring if the plan scale through.