FIFA said that it was up to national associations to reimburse clubs for players released for international duty and not the responsibility of FIFA.

Speaking at the Soccerex conference, Markus Siegler, Director of Communications, told delegates that 75 per cent of the profits from major tournaments such as the World Cup are ploughed back into the national associations.

“It is up to them what they do with it, but in some countries it goes back to the clubs.

“It is not up to FIFA to say what the associations should do with it. But in most countries professionals make up just 0.01 per cent of the players – there are many more players who are amateurs, women, boys and girls at grass roots level.”

FIFA, and its continental confederations, have come under growing pressure from the likes of the G14 group of Europe’s 18 richest and most powerful clubs to reimburse the clubs for the release of players for international duty.

G14 has threatened to take legal action if the ruling bodies refused to compromise on this issue.

Inter’s managing director Jeff Slack claimed it was wrong that they should have to pay players when they were on international duty.

“We loan them out and they come back injured,” said Smith.

“That is not logical by any stretch of the imagination.”

Citing the example of Kily Gonzalez, who was inured on international duty earlier this year, Stack claimed the current policy was unjust.