Gianni Infantino sided with the UEFA president in the political dispute and raised the tone of rejection towards the 12 founding clubs of the parallel tournament
Swiss President Gianni Infantino, side by side with UEFA, said on Tuesday that he disapproved of the creation of the European Super League, announced last Sunday. The leader of the entity that commands world football, according to the portal R7 (Brazil), stressed that he can only vehemently disapprove the creation of this competition.
"We can only vehemently disapprove of a Super League which is a closed thing, a separation from the current institutions, the leagues, the associations, UEFA and FIFA. Undoubtedly FIFA disapproves, giving full support to UEFA," said Infantino, UEFA Congress, which is being held in Montreux, Switzerland.
"Hits and relegations are a successful model," added the FIFA president, making a comparison with the Super League, in which the founding clubs are always guaranteed a place each season, instead of a merit rating based on the championships. nationals.
"We hope that everything will return to normal, that everything will be resolved, but always with respect, always with solidarity and with the interests of national, European and global football".
FIFA leader calls on founding clubs
Infantino, according to the portal R7, appealed to the responsibility of the leaders of the 12 founding clubs of the competition – the Spanish Atlético de Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid; Englishmen Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham; in addition to the Italians Internazionale, Juventus and Milan. "There is a lot to lose by a short-term financial gain for some. People have to think about this carefully. They need to reflect and take responsibility," he added.
Finally, the FIFA leader left the warning to clubs that decide to participate in the competition: the consequences will come and they will have to deal with them. "If some choose to go their own way, then they will have to live with the consequences of their choice. They are responsible for their choice. In concrete terms, this means that they are either inside, or outside. They cannot be half inside, half outside", he concluded .
Alexsander Ceferín, UEFA president, made an appeal to the English clubs, most of whom are among the "founders" of the Superliga:
"Gentlemen, you made a big mistake. Some will say it is greed, others disdain, arrogance, and complete ignorance of English football culture … It doesn't matter. There is still time to change your mind. were necessarily large in the past, and there is no guarantee that they will be in the future, "he noted.
According to what was released last Sunday, the European Super League will be disputed by 20 clubs, 15 of which are founders – although only 12 have been revealed – and another five, classified annually.
UEFA has already announced that it will exclude all clubs that make up the Super League, ensuring it has the support of the associations of England, Spain and Italy, as well as the football leagues of these three countries. Meanwhile, the governing body of European football has announced the increase of the Champions League from 32 to 36 participants, starting from the 2024/2025 season.