Infantino’s double game

In public, Gianni Infantino has disowned the doomed European Super League project. But a confidential document seen by Josimar strongly suggests that, in private, he has encouraged it, and that Fifa has been playing a double game all along in order to extend its control over world football and weaken its greatest counter-power, UEFA.

By Philippe Auclair

At least things were clear in January.
"In light of recent media speculation about the creation of a closed European “Super League” by some European clubs, FIFA and the six confederations (AFC, CAF, Concacaf, CONMEBOL, OFC and UEFA) once again would like to reiterate and strongly emphasize that such a competition would not be recognised by either FIFA or the respective confederation. Any club or player involved in such a competition would as a consequence not be allowed to participate in any competition organised by FIFA or their respective confederation."

The signatory whose name appeared in first position at the bottom of this statement was Fifa president Gianni Infantino, followed by the presidents of all six confederations. 

Fast forward to 18 April, when the football world seemed about to shift on its axis, following the publication of multiple reports in British and US media that the long-feared European Super League was to become a reality, that a so-called 'Dirty Dozen' of the continent's 'superclubs' had, indeed, come to a formal agreement. A few hours later, one by one, all of the conspirators had released their own statement, confirming the original leak.



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