Chelsea and Manchester City are having doubts over their European Super League commitment, according to reports. The Premier League duo have joined Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool in signing up for the new competition.
They are alongside Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan.
The 12 founding members would be joined by three more yet to be confirmed clubs.
Five spots would be opened up for qualification but the lack of competition in what would be a rival for the Champions League has caused uproar in all parts of the game.
The Guardian claim about half of the founders are ‘fanatics’ who will back the Super League to the bitter end.
The others have signed up because they believe they will be financially better off or they entered because they feared they would be possibly missing out.
Chelsea and Manchester City are reportedly in the latter camp.
Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has aligned himself with UEFA and the Premier League in going against the competition.
“At Fifa we can only and strongly disapprove the creation of the Super League,” he said.
“Of a Super League which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions. From the leagues, from the associations, from Uefa, from Fifa.
“Which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of Fifa’s disapproval of this.”
Infantino went on to suggest the clubs need to think of their fans rather than their finances.
“There is a lot to throw away for maybe a short-term financial gain of some,” he said.
“People need to think very carefully. They need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility.
“They need to think not only of their shareholders, but of all the fans who have contributed to create what European football is today, what European football clubs are today.
“It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than 100 years. And we need to protect this.
“So, if some elect to go their own way, then they must live with the consequences of their choice. They are responsible for their choice.
“Concretely, this means either you’re in or you’re out. You cannot be half in or half out.”
The 14 Premier League clubs outside the Big Six are meeting today with a statement from them expected later.