NYT: ‘Infantino engaged in Super League project’

The New York Times reports FIFA held talks with the founders of the Super League about ‘endorsing the competition’.

The breakaway competition was announced by 12 founding clubs in April but collapsed only two days after going public.

The project – which included Juventus, Inter and Milan from Serie A – was abandoned by most of the teams after protests from fans, teams and even politicians.

La Liga President Javier Tebas claimed FIFA President Gianni Infantino was behind the project and the New York Times reveals he was ‘aware of the plan and had been engaged in talks about lending FIFA’s backing to the breakaway League’.

FIFA later joined the choir of organisations slamming the competition to bury the project and UEFA has reached an agreement with nine of the 12 founding clubs.

Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona may still face stricter sanctions for their involvement.

The report highlights the Super League had discussed participation in an annual FIFA Club World Cup and were trying to obtain the organisation’s consent to avoid punishments for players taking part in the Super League.

In the end, FIFA issued a statement saying a ‘closed European League would not be recognised by FIFA or the confederations and reiterated the threat of a World Cup ban for any participant’.

New York Times reports the statement ‘shocked the organisers of the Super League’ and claims the pressure on Infantino from UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin forced FIFA to distance itself from the plans and ‘effectively walked away from the project’ with a speech on April 20.

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