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07th Nov 2018

FIFA threaten to ban players in European Super League from competing at World Cups

Gianni Infantino has threatened to ban players competing in any breakaway league from taking part at World Cups, claiming "you're either in or your out"

Reuben Pinder

FIFA are dead against the formation of a breakaway super league

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has threatened to ban any players who compete in a ‘European Super League’ from competing in World Cups, after leaks reported by Der Spiegel exposed alleged plans among Europe’s elite clubs to form a breakaway competition.

The reports claimed that several of the biggest clubs around Europe were planning to break away from their domestic leagues to form a ‘super league’ that would see the likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid compete against one another week in week out.

Manchester United and Arsenal are among the teams allegedly involved but have also urged the most caution over the move.

FIFA are strongly opposed to the idea, and would ban players involved in a breakaway competition from taking part in the World Cup.

Infantino, speaking to a small group of reporters at Fifa headquarters, said the governing body would punish players if they left football’s organised structure to form a privately-owned league.

“Either you are in or you are out,” Infantino said. “This includes everything.”

“The idea is if you break away, you break away. You don’t keep one foot in and one foot out,” Fifa’s legal director, Alasdair Bell, said. “That would be the general approach we would follow, but of course lawyers can debate this for a long time.”

Infantino recently floated the idea of revamping the Club World Cup, and claimed it is “the answer to any attempt to think even about any sort of breakaway leagues”.