World Football governing body FIFA has issued a statement on the new European Super League.
The league, which is set to have some of the most powerful teams in Europe has already attracted 12 teams with the likes of Barcelona expected to join.
With UEFA and various leagues condemning the move, FIFA looks to have stood with those who are opposed to the new formation but urged the parties involved to sit down and engage to look for a better way forward.
“In view of several media requests and as already stated several times, FIFA wishes to clarify that it stands firm in favour of solidarity in football and an equitable redistribution model which can help develop football as a sport, particularly at global level, since the development of global football is the primary mission of FIFA.
In our view, and in accordance with our statutes, any football competition, whether national, regional, or global, should always reflect the core principles of solidarity, inclusivity, integrity, and equitable financial redistribution. Moreover, the governing bodies of football should employ all lawful, sporting, and diplomatic means to ensure this remains the case. Against this background, FIFA can only express its disapproval of a "closed European breakaway league" outside of the international football structures and not respecting the aforementioned principles.
FIFA always stands for unity in world football and calls on all parties involved in heated discussions to engage in calm, constructive, and balanced dialogue for the good of the game and in the spirit of solidarity and fair play. FIFA will, of course, do whatever is necessary to contribute to a harmonized way forward in the overall interests of football,” the statement noted.