FIFA threatens World Cup ban for super league
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.