On November 10, 2001, in a packed Alberto J. Armando Stadium, Diego Armando Maradona had his football tribute match. In it, he made a statement that is still used today: "The ball isn't stained." And almost 20 years later, a blanket of doubts is sown around the International Federation of Associated Football (FIFA) and its president, the Swiss Gianni Infantino, who are now accused of being directly involved in the organization of the failed European Super League.
The complaint was made by the American newspaper New York Times, who made reference to sources and original documents consulted to affirm that the governing body of world football knew in detail all the steps taken by 12 great teams from the Old Continent.
Thus, the publication assures that both FIFA and Infantino were perfectly aware of the plans of the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez and company to create the European Super League, despite the fact that they were publicly critical of this initiative, which they described as separatist.
"Privately, according to interviews with more than half a dozen soccer executives, including the owner of a Super League club, Infantino was aware of the plan and knew that some of his closest lieutenants had been in talks for months, up to except for the end of January, on providing the support of FIFA to the separatist league", published the US media.
There's more, because the New York Times maintains that FIFA was willing to accept the realization of the European Super League, in exchange for the 12 founding clubs of the failed contest approving and participating in the new Club World Cup, with the participation of 24 teams , a plan that Infantino has had in mind for a long time.
It even indicates the need for an agreement with the agency to bring the project to fruition, referring to a document with the W01 catalog, which was an essential requirement for understanding between the parties, and that without that approval it was "a essential condition for the implementation of the project".