The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has disapproved the proposed establishment of a breakaway European Super League football
On Sunday night, 12 of Europe’s biggest clubs, including the Premier League’s ‘big six’ of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur, revealed plans to form a breakaway league that would start “as soon as possible.”
The contentious proposals, which include LaLiga clubs Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Real Madrid, as well as Serie A trio Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter Milan, and were revealed the day before improvements to the Champions League were due to be announced, have received almost universal criticism from governing bodies, leagues, fan groups, commentators, and government figures.
The European Clubs’ Association (ECA), Uefa, the Premier League, and the Football Association (FA) have joined forces with the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), La Liga, and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Serie A to prevent the “cynical project” from taking place.
Fifa, the world football governing body, has now issued a statement condemning a “closed European breakaway league” that operates outside of international football frameworks and does not represent the game’s principles.
“In view of several media requests and as already stated several times, FIFA wishes to clarify that it stands firm in favour of solidarity in football and an equitable redistribution model which can help develop football as a sport, particularly at global level, since the development of global football is the primary mission of FIFA,” Fifa said.
“In our view, and in accordance with our statutes, any football competition, whether national, regional or global, should always reflect the core principles of solidarity, inclusivity, integrity and equitable financial redistribution.
“Moreover, the governing bodies of football should employ all lawful, sporting and diplomatic means to ensure this remains the case. Against this background, FIFA can only express its disapproval to a “closed European breakaway league” outside of the international football structures and not respecting the aforementioned principles.
“FIFA always stands for unity in world football and calls on all parties involved in heated discussions to engage in calm, constructive and balanced dialogue for the good of the game and in the spirit of solidarity and fair play. FIFA will, of course, do whatever is necessary to contribute to a harmonised way forward in the overall interests of football.”