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FIFA Threatens World Cup Ban To Players Involved In 'Super League'

FIFA Threatens World Cup Ban To Players Involved In 'Super League'

FIFA have warned that any players that any players that are involved in the proposed European 'Super League' will face a World Cup ban.

Furthermore, six continental federations have backed the statement, meaning players involved in the European 'Super League' would not be eligible to play in continental tournaments such as the Euros or Copa America.

The news of a European Super League came to the fore late last year when former Barcelona chief Josep Bartomeu stated in his farewell speech that the Catalan club had signed up to the idea in earnest.

FIFA have said in a statement that they are unaware of any prospective competitions and that their focus at club level was for an expanded Club World Cup.

FIFA has given its backing to an expanded Club World Cup format. The first such tournament was due to take place in China this summer but has been indefinitely postponed to enable the delayed Euro 2020 and Copa America to take place.

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You can read the full statement from FIFA and the six continental federations below:

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 emphasise 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.

Gianni Infantino – FIFA President
Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa – AFC President
Constant Omari – CAF Acting President
Vittorio Montagliani – Concacaf President
Alejandro Domínguez – CONMEBOL President
Lambert Maltock – OFC President
Aleksander Čeferin – UEFA President

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