The G14 group of leading clubs is considering mounting aimed at challenging FIFA’s authority to run football.
The 18-strong group, representing many of Europe’s biggest clubs, is demanding a voice in creating legislation and responding to what it feels is FIFA’s increasingly dictatorial style.
G14 is furious with several proposals made by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, the most recent of which, will limit doemstic matches to 45 games a season. This proposal is set for ratification at the world governing body’s centenary congress next May.
“If you give access to the bosses of national teams to discuss and decide laws but you refuse access to the bosses of clubs, you automatically create conflict,” said G14’s general manager Thomas Kurth.
“FIFA’s laws are declared unilaterally inside the football movement and we may wish to verify if the internal laws of football are in line with general law.
‘We have sought legal advice (on FIFA’s statutes) and our legal advice tells us we have a very strong case.”
G14, has, in recent months, argued that the clubs should be compensated financially for their participation in international competitions, such as the World Cup. However, FIFA remain adamant that such payments are at the discretion of the national associations and Blatter refuses to countenance the idea of paying clubs for the release of their players.
Blatter declared on Tuesday that he expected no legal challenge from G14 and, even though that appears not to be the case.