Proposed European Super League players face FIFA World Cup ban
January 22, 2021
World football’s governing body FIFA on Thursday issued a statement that all players or clubs who join the European Super League will be banned from playing in FIFA competitions, including the World Cup.
“In light of recent media speculation on the creation of a European ‘Super League’ closed by certain European clubs, FIFA and the six confederations (AFC, CAF, Concacaf, CONMEBOL, OFC and UEFA) wish once again to reiterate and strongly insist that such a competition would be recognized neither by FIFA nor by the respective confederation, ”the press release read.
The separatist Super League is said to be made up of 15 founding members, according to a Times report on Thursday. Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool and AC Milan are in talks to join the new league. The Super League would effectively replace the UEFA Champions League and send ripple effects to major leagues such as the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga.
In October, outgoing FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said Barcelona had agreed to join the European Super League, according to ESPN.
“The board has approved the requirements to participate in a future European Super League, a project promoted by the big European clubs which will ensure the future financial viability of the club,” he said.
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