FIFA threaten World Cup exclusion for players taking part in European Super League

22 Jan 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

FIFA, along with its six confederations, have threatened both players and clubs taking part in any future European Super League with exclusion from competitions they run, including the World Cup and the Champions League.

Media reports have linked a number of Europe’s top football clubs with the creation of a breakaway European Super League, financed by JP Morgan.

But the move would see participating players banned from taking part in the World Cup, UEFA while clubs would also be unable to take part in FIFA’s Club World Cup.

A statement, signed by Gianni Infantino and the heads of each of the six football confederations, said: “In light of recent media speculation about the creation of a closed European “Super League” by some European clubs, FIFA and the six confederations (AFC, CAF, Concacaf, CONMEBOL, OFC and UEFA) once again would like to reiterate and strongly emphasize that such a competition would not be recognised by either FIFA or the respective confederation. Any club or player involved in such a competition would as a consequence not be allowed to participate in any competition organised by FIFA or their respective confederation.

“As per the FIFA and confederations statutes, all competitions should be organised or recognised by the relevant body at their respective level, by FIFA at the global level and by the confederations at the continental level. In this respect, the confederations recognise the FIFA Club World Cup, in its current and new format, as the only worldwide club competition while FIFA recognises the club competitions organised by the confederations as the only club continental competitions.

“The universal principles of sporting merit, solidarity, promotion and relegation, and subsidiarity are the foundation of the football pyramid that ensures football’s global success and are, as such, enshrined in the FIFA and confederation statutes. Football has a long and successful history thanks to these principles. 

“Participation in global and continental competitions should always be won on the pitch.”