FIFA threat­ens World Cup ban for su­per league

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Soc­cer’s big­gest names would be banned from the World Cup if they played in a break­away Euro­pean Su­per League, FIFA Pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino said Wed­nes­day.

In­fantino, speak­ing at FIFA head­quar­ters in Zurich, said the gov­ern­ing body would pun­ish play­ers at clubs like Barcelona, Manch­ester City and Bay­ern Mu­nich if they left soc­cer’s or­ga­nized struc­ture to form a pri­vately owned league.

“Ei­ther you are in or you are out,” In­fantino said, list­ing the World

Cup, Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship and na­tional leagues as com­pe­ti­tions that play­ers from break­away teams could be ex­cluded from.

• The 2022 World Cup must be played in 28 days even if it is ex­panded to 48 teams, In­fantino said, ac­knowl­edg­ing that the tight sched­ule will make it even harder to push through his pre­ferred vi­sion of a big­ger tour­na­ment. FIFA will de­cide in March whether to add 16 teams to its show­case tour­na­ment in 2022.

• Gyasi Zardes of the Colum­bus Crew was named the MLS Come­back Player of the Year award.

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