Gianni Infantino didn’t show up to a Doha meeting between Europe’s top clubs, FIFA on Friday due to a lack of a major new agreement.
It is evident that FIFA invited the European Club Association for a board meeting in Qatar during this FIFA World Cup. World Cup with the intention of signing a Memorandum of Understanding to replace the current MoU.
Despite the fact that it was held at the hotel of FIFA, Infantino didn’t show up.
The MoU covers international fixtures, rules for the release players from clubs to the national teams and payments to clubs for their release.
Sources close the matter were puzzled about Infantino’s “AWOL” behavior, but they believe the MoU will eventually be signed. It is possible that the current agreement may expire without a replacement.
The theory is that it could mean that clubs won’t release their players during the international period in March if they don’t have a framework. However, this is highly unlikely.
In a published summary of the meeting, the ECA stated that Mattias Grafstrom, FIFA’s deputy general secretary, was present, as well as senior representatives from five continental confederations, including Theodore Theodoridis, UEFA’s general Secretary.
Hassan Al Thawadi was also present. He is the secretary general of Qatar’s highest committee that organizes the current. World Cup.
FIFA declined to comment. However, sources close to FIFA said that the ECA had asked FIFA for logistical assistance in organizing this meeting.
They stated that the MoU must be signed with at least a few additional items.
The ECA board expressed its willingness to work with the new Juventus board at the meeting.
The Turin giants, along with Real Madrid and Barcelona, are still openly committed to the idea of a European Super League.
Andrea Agnelli (the club’s former president) established that position. She resigned from Juve’s board in late October over allegations of market manipulation and falsified accounting.
During the ECA board meeting discussions also took place about the European Super League lawsuit.
In July, the Grand Chamber of European Court of Justice heard arguments from Super League that UEFA had abused a dominant position in EU competition law by blocking the league’s creation in April 2021. They also punished.
Next Thursday will see the publication of the non-binding opinion by the Advocate General in this case.