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FIFA President Gianni Infantino denies interest in forming a ‘European Premier League’

Current FIFA president Infantino has distanced himself from the proposed £4.6 billion ‘European Premier League’ idea, which would’ve seen a break-away of the top six clubs from England, France Germany, Italy and Spain form into one league.

Infantino refused to suggest that the idea of a division consisting of Europe’s elite teams would come to fruition.

‘As FIFA president, I'm interested in the Club World Cup, not the Super League, for me, it's not about Bayern Munich against Liverpool, but Bayern against Boca Juniors’.

The proposed ‘European Premier League’ would include an eighteen-team league with as many as five English clubs reportedly signing up, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.

Home and away matches would be played following a similar format to a European season. Then the top-placed teams will be entered into a knockout tournament in order to determine the winner for that season.

However, with the rumoured formation of a European super league, it could see an end to the Champions League, which for years has been heralded as the most prestigious competition for teams to compete in.

The Champions League has been one of UEFA’s greatest assets, not only financially in the forms of sponsorship but for the reputation of it being one of the greatest football competitions in the world. It was reported that in the 2018/19 season the Champions League generated £2.323 million in revenue through their various sponsorships and TV rights deals.

A UEFA spokesperson declared UEFA are against any proposals which would see a new league form.

‘The UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has made it clear on many occasions that UEFA strongly opposes a Super League.

‘UEFA and clubs are committed to build on such strength, not destroy it to create a Super League of 10, 12, even 24 clubs, which would inevitably become boring.'

If the formation of the ‘European Premier League’ was set to take place, it was reported that clubs would receive incentives to join and new clubs would be expected to gain hundreds of millions of pounds every year.

Infantino commented that his aim is to help non-European clubs in their strive to grow their stature in the game, especially in the uncertain economic times of today.

‘FIFA’s mission is to promote and develop football around the world and not just in Europe. The differences between Europe and the rest of the world have grown and will continue to grow if we do nothing.

‘That is why we want to help clubs outside Europe to get back on track. And after coronavirus, these projects are more appropriate than ever.

'We now see with this virus that we have to work together worldwide. That is exactly what FIFA does.’

Author: William Hebb