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Gianni Infantino has stated that his job as FIFA president mandate him to defend football following the introduction of a new football league, the European Super League.
He made this known in an exclusive interview with AS, he said he agreed with UEFA in rejecting the Super League that was proposed by some big European clubs led by Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez.
“I am the president of FIFA and my responsibility is to defend football as a whole and all around the world. This includes small, medium and big clubs, leagues and federations of all over the world with different levels of development, all the players, coaches, officials and each and every stakeholder, always having in mind the fans, which are and should be at the centre of everything we do.
“I have been very clear in what is mine and FIFA’s position on this matter. We stand by UEFA in rejecting the Super League. We are against it and we will always be against any competition which is not part of the international structures of football and that threatens the unity and solidarity that should always exist in the football pyramid, which links grassroots and amateur level to the top stars.
“Having said that, it is also my duty to advocate that all the parties should enter into a profound and hopefully constructive dialogue in search of positive solutions.
“Our duty as the world governing body is to have our doors open to everyone, we need to face the problems in football together,” he said.
A disciplinary investigation has been opened by UEFA against the three clubs in connection to their involvement with the European Super League project.
The trio are the only clubs from the original 12 involved in the breakaway plans yet to formally withdraw.
The nine clubs who pulled out of the European Super League – including Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham – signed the Club Commitment Declaration with UEFA on Friday.
UEFA is confident the three rebel clubs, who have won 20 European Cups between them, will be forced to sign up soon.