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I’m not interested in Super League – FIFA boss Gianni Infantino

FOOTBALL By Reuters | October 23rd 2020 | 2 min read
FIFA president Gianni Infantino gestures during his first press conference following his election in Zurich on February 26, 2016. [AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI]

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Thursday he is not interested in a European Super League amid reports that some elite clubs were in talks to set up a breakaway competition with the backing of the global soccer body.

In an interview published by German-language newspaper Aargauer Zeitung and other regional Swiss media, Infantino said FIFA was focused on the success of the revamped Club World Cup, which will feature 24 teams and be held for the first time in China in 2022.

“As FIFA president, I’m interested in the Club World Cup, not the Super league,” said Infantino.

“For me, it’s not about Bayern Munich against Liverpool, but Bayern against Boca Juniors.

Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappe (3rdL) speaks past Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann (L), France's head coach Didier Deschamps (4thL), Former French footballer and host David Ginola (4thR), FIFA president Gianni Infantino (3rdR) and teammates past a giant screen depicting the victory of French team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia during the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris on December 3, 2018 [FRANCK FIFE / AFP]

“Liverpool have 180 million fans worldwide. Flamengo have 40 million fans and 39 million of them are in Brazil. Liverpool have maybe 5 million fans in England and 175 million fans around the world,” he added.

“I want clubs from outside Europe to have global appeal in the future. That’s my vision: to have 50 clubs and 50 national teams who can become world champions.”

Sky News reported on Tuesday that more than 12 teams from Europe’s top five leagues - in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain - were in negotiations to become the founding members of the new competition with a provisional start date in 2022.

FIFA had previously declined to comment on its reported involvement in the plans.

 

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