(Reuters) FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Tuesday that breakaway Super League clubs cannot be “half in, half out” of the established soccer system, while Real Madrid supremo Florentino Perez insisted he is trying to “save football” with the move.
European soccer’s governing body UEFA has threatened to ban the 12 clubs, who include Manchester United and Real Madrid, from domestic and international competition, with Infantino adding his voice to the backlash.
“We strongly disapprove … if some go their own way then they must live with the consequences of their choice, either you are in, or you are out. You cannot be half in and half out.” Infantino told UEFA’s congress in Montreux, Switzerland.
UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin has not held back on his views of the renegade clubs, who will be guaranteed places in the new competition in contrast to the Champions League which requires teams to qualify via their domestic leagues.