“Either you’re in or you’re out. You cannot be half in or half out.” FIFA president Infantino gives Super League clubs ultimatum
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Infantino give ESL teams ultimatum
The president of FIFA Gianni Infantino has been speaking at the annual UEFA Congress meeting this morning and said regarding the proposal of a European Super League that the teams would either need to be “in” or “out.”
What he is alluding to is the fact that many claim that the teams wish to continue playing in their domestic national leagues in addition to performing in the midweek Super League competition.
“We can only strongly disapprove the creation of the Super League, a Super League which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA and from FIFA,” said Infantino
“There is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some. They need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility.
“If some elect to go their own way then they must live with the consequences of their choice. They are responsible for their choice.
“Concretely, this means either you’re in or you’re out. You cannot be half in or half out.”
“Either you’re in or you’re out. You cannot be half in or half out.”
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has voiced his disapproval of the European Super League and says the clubs involved “must live with the consequences of their choice”.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 20, 2021
Hypocrisy from Infantino?
However, some have been quick to point out that despite strong words, the outright threat of removal from competitions was not heard.
Furthermore, journalist Philippe Auclair pointed out that Infantino himself wanted to create a similar Super League in Africa where many of the teams would be permanent fixtures at no threat from relegation just like the proposed European Super League.
Parole, parole, parole…but no threat of suspension for the rebels.
Also, Gianni Infantino, Feb 2020: “I want to create a real pan-African league that would feature 20-24 clubs”, a majority of whom would be ‘permanent members’. One ‘vision’ for Africa, another for Europe, or..? https://t.co/o2u4EkwZg4
— Philippe Auclair (@PhilippeAuclair) April 20, 2021
The following days and weeks are sure to see whether the FIFA president’s words are followed with official sanctions, bans, suspensions and point deductions or if they are as they are at present, simply words.