FOLLOWING the news that a dozen of Europe’s biggest clubs including six members of the Premier League –have formally aligned to form another league tagged ‘The Super League’ the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) have also voiced their disapproval towards the proposed competition and called for the parties involved to engage in constructive dialogue in order to safeguard the integrity of the game.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Juventus, makes up the team in the league which may create a rival competition to the already established traditional Champions League. Teams from Germany and France are yet to respond or show interests in the league.
With Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, as the ringleader and chairman of ‘The Super League ,the clubs claim that three more clubs will join the breakaway group as founding members with the new competition, which will begin as soon as practicable expected to eventually feature 20 teams.
In response to the news on, FIFA issued a statement which seems to indirectly disapproves of the league.
FIFA released a statement which said “FIFA wishes to clarify that it stands firm in favor of solidarity in football and an equitable redistribution model which can help develop football as a sport, particularly at the global level, since the development of global football is the primary mission of FIFA.
“In our view, and in accordance with our statutes, any football competition, whether national, regional or global, should always reflect the core principles of solidarity, inclusivity, integrity and equitable financial redistribution.
“Moreover, the governing bodies of football should employ all lawful, sporting and diplomatic means to ensure this remains the case.
“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.
“FIFA always stands for unity in world football and calls on all parties involved in heated discussions to engage in calm, constructive and balanced dialogue for the good of the game and in the spirit of solidarity and fair play.
“FIFA will, of course, do whatever is necessary to contribute to a harmonised way forward in the overall interests of football.”