Gianni Infantino insists FIFA will not back controversial European Super League

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has slammed the European Super League plans and accused those clubs involved of betraying the principles of football.

A dozen of Europe's biggest clubs have signed an agreement to form a new breakaway league that would cause huge damage to the game.

England's Big Six are all included in the proposal, which has torn the sport in two and caused outrage around the world.

Infantino addressed a congress meeting this morning and said FIFA strongly opposed the idea of a ESL.

He said: "Yesterday we heard and read about war, crime, terrible worlds, even more terrible if linked with the game we all love, that should give joy to everyone.

"I am speaking about the (European) Super League project. Let me be extremely clear, FIFA is an organisation built on true values of sport, statutes which define institutional framework with the pyramid.

"We can only and strongly disapprove of a Super League which is a closed shop, a breakaway from current institutions."

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has vowed to ban those clubs involved from European competition – and block players from competing in the Euros and World Cups.

Infantino admits the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool will have to face the consequences if they press ahead with the project.

He added: "If some elect to go their own way, they must live with consequences of their choice.

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