FIFA president Gianni Infantino has warned that any player involved in a breakaway European Super League would be banned from playing international football, including the World Cup. The FIFA chief asserted that the governing body would punish players at clubs if they left the football’s organized structure to form a privately owned league.
"You are either in or you are out,” said Infantino, claiming that the move is to “protect football”.
He also added that FIFA may expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48 teams. However, an expanded tournament would still have to be played within a 28-day time frame.
The move is a difficult challenge considering the ongoing dispute with regional neighbors Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Recently, German publication Der Spiegel claimed that top European clubs are planning to create Super League, involving Premier League clubs, such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, and European giants Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan.
According to the documents, the Super League has been set to start in 2021, and replace the UEFA Champions League and existing outside the jurisdiction of UEFA. There are also plans for the new competition featuring “founder” clubs from Spain, England, Germany, Italy, and France who would be guaranteed membership for 20 years.