Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon has set his club on collision course with FIFA afterannouncing that United will not be releasing any of their players for the Confederations Cup in France.
Addressing the issue of fixture congestion affecting many of Europe’s leading club’s, Kenyon described the decision to hold the Confederations Cup in June as ‘crazy’.
“The starting point is there are too many friendly matches with nothing at stake,” he told France Football.
“There are more and more friendly matches for commercial reasons.
“In mid-February, we had anincredible situation with the China-Brazil encounter. It is not acceptable!
“The position of all the clubs is clear – it is too much.
“In the present situation, we won’t release our players.
“The Confederations Cup will be played in June, and will involve the players being called up for the whole month, while most of the leagues will not end before May, and will start again in mid-July. That is crazy!
“Moreover, we want the April and August friendly matches to be removed from the calendar.
“We are also against the World Club Championship.”
Kenyon also took the opportunity to play down speculation about the formation of a European Super League.
“People always state the members of G-14 want to create their own league, but it is wrong,” he added.
“We want to remain in thepresent structures.
“The Champions League is a kind of ‘Super League’.
“It is the best competition in Europe, and perhaps in the world.
“Even if we think the version with 17 days was a good one, the change to 13 days for next season is not a reason to launch an alternative league.”