FIFA President Giannis Frantone warned on Wednesday that all players who will participate in a posting European Championship will be excluded from the World Cup and other international tournaments.
Those who could be excluded from such a championship could include Argentina's Lionel Messi, Brazilian Neymar, Kylian Mbappe of France and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal: "You're either out or out," said the head If there are players who do not play organized football, then this will include everything – national championships, confederation competitions, the euro and the World Cup, "the Times reported, as he says, to a group of international journalists n Wednesday.
German news magazine Der Spiegel reported last week that plans for a Super League, including leading clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester United, have returned to the table. The magazine shared access to documents with Reuters and more than twelve other media collaborating with European Research Associations (EIC). Reuters was not invited to Wednesday's meeting with Infantino. According to Der Spiegel, a Super League of 16 teams will replace the Champions League and will include 11 "founders" – including Barcelona and Real Madrid – Messi – who could not be downgraded for the first 20 years.
Other clubs mentioned include Manchester United, Mbappe and Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus Ronaldo. "We have seen these efforts for years to break out of the structures that are back in the 1990s," said Infantino. to us to protect football and find solutions for the benefit of clubs and the world football community. "
Infantino said the Club World Cup was his response to any secession attempt, presenting it as a competition that would generate more revenue for clubs but would also benefit the soccer community. "If the clubs are organizing a split Super League, he said.
"If FIFA is organizing a World Cup, UEFA continues to host the Champions League and the Premier League continues to run the Premier League then the clubs benefit, as well as 211 club members." Infantino revealed plans in May for a new World League League to renew the Club World Cup, which claims to be backed by a "solid and serious" group of investors wishing to spend $ 25 billion for a 12-year cycle starting in 2021.
The World Cup of the Club, currently an annual tournament with seven teams, could be a four-year event with 24 clubs. European championships, including the Premier League, the Bundesliga and La Liga, do not wish to approve the plans at this stage.