FIFA and UEFA have tried to block the formation of a breakaway European Super League by banning any player participating in the World Cup and the European Championship.
It follows reports late last year that Europe’s elite clubs wanted to reshape the football landscape to create a ‘European Premier League’ worth a total of £ 4.6 billion for participants.
It was claimed that FIFA supported the idea of the breakaway league, which also included English giants Liverpool and Manchester United.
A European Super League has long been the dream of Real Madrid President Florentino Perez. Last year, according to the New York Times, he found an ally in United Chairman Joel Glazer.
They report that the glaziers then teamed up with the American owners of Liverpool to push through the Big Picture project’s proposals.
Manchester United and Liverpool were reportedly involved in plans to create a European Premier League – but FIFA and UEFA have decided to block such an idea
The European Premier League would have rivaled the UEFA Champions League, which German club Bayern Munich won last season