GENEVA (AN) — World football's governing body FIFA and Europe's confederation UEFA faced down the biggest challenge to their authority and grip over a multibillion-dollar sports empire in decades, pressuring backers of the proposed European Super League to put their plans on hold.
After the collapse of the breakway league among 12 of Europe's biggest, most successful and lucrative clubs, one of the few remaining founding members, FC Barcelona, vowed on Thursday to keep pursuing "structural reforms to guarantee the financial sustainability and feasibility of world football" after it thoroughly analyzes the root causes of the public and official backlash.
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