FIFA ‘disapproves’ of European Super League plans
Published: 01:43 PM, 19 April 2021 Updated: 03:21 PM, 20 April 2021
FIFA on Monday expressed its “disapproval” at the announcement by leading European clubs that they plan to launch a breakaway Super League.
World football’s governing body stressed in a statement it was in favour of “solidarity” in the sport.
“Against this background, FIFA can only express its disapproval to a ‘closed European breakaway league’ outside of the international football structures and not respecting the aforementioned principles,” it said.
On Sunday night, 12 of Europe’s top clubs including the Premier League’s so-called ‘big six’ of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham announced plans to establish a breakaway league to begin “as soon as practicable.”
The controversial plans - which also involve LaLiga clubs Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Serie A trio Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan and were announced the day before changes to the Champions League were set to be unveiled - have been met with almost universal condemnation from governing bodies, leagues, supporter groups, pundits and government figures alike.
Uefa, the Premier League and the Football Association (FA) are united with the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), La Liga and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Serie A in a bid to stop the “cynical project” from happening, while the European Clubs’ Association (ECA) are also firmly against the plans.