ZURICH (Reuters) – The union of global soccer players FIFPro has warned that the survival of smaller clubs and leagues is at risk, potentially affecting thousands of jobs, due to increasing concentration of wealth in sport.
The union statement follows a report on the document 'Soccer Leaks & # 39; obtained by German publication Der Spiegel and reviewed by Reuters in partnership with European Collaborative Collaboration, international media networks, earlier this month that plans for the Super League were back on the agenda.
Der Spiegel said a recent plan had been drawn up by Spanish company Key Capital Partners for Real Madrid who predicted 11 of Europe's top clubs to create the Super League by 2021.
Capital Main Partners have not commented on the report.
"It is very important that top clubs and competitions recognize they have responsibility for the entire industry," FIFPro said in a statement on Tuesday.
"This is a shared responsibility of all stakeholders to protect the integrity and values of football."
FIFPro says the current system, which gives all clubs the possibility to take part in European competition through sports achievements, needs to be maintained.
"The continuation of the professional football pyramid needs to be maintained," he said.
"The continuation of the economies of small clubs and leagues is at risk and competitiveness in the championship is gone. This affects millions of fans, thousands of jobs for players and raises serious questions about the sustainability of the industry.
"FIFPro supports the united football industry and benefits from connected competitions."
FIFA President Gianni Infantino said last week that every player involved in a breakaway league would be banned from playing for their national team, including at the World Cup.
"We will … maintain the ability of players to represent their country and their right to offer their services to any club," said FIFPro.
"We strongly oppose the prospect of this freedom being limited as a consequence of the struggle between the organizers of the competition."
(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Christian Radnedge)