The World Cup could be completely destroyed by plans for a new European Super League, with top players from around the world possibly banned from representing their countries.
Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are among the teams to have signed up for the new breakaway league.
The plans have been ridiculed by fans and pundits alike, with the realistic prospect of all clubs involved being banished from the Premier League.
And there are potentially even more serious ramifications for the World Cup and European Championships.
According to reports, any player who is employed by a team playing in the new European Super League will be banned from representing their countries.
That means the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Timo Werner, Virgil van Dijk, Roberto Firmino, Kai Havertz and Harry Kane will all be banned from playing at the World Cup.
The plans are unlikely to impact the European Championships this summer, and the upcoming tournament could well be the last as we know it.
Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are both said to have rejected the chance to join the league, while Borussia Dortmund aren’t involved.
As a result, their players will still be able to compete in international tournaments.
The plans have been widely criticised, with Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli resining from his position as President of the European Club Association as well, as his position on the UEFA board.
The Juve chief will instead take up a role as vice-chairman of the new Super League, as will Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
After rumours of the breakaway league first started to circle, Gary Neville called for all teams involved to be docked points and relegated.
“Deduct them all points, put them at the bottom of the league, and take their money off them,” Neville said on Sky Sports of those clubs involved.
“Seriously, you have got to stamp on this. It’s a criminal act against football fans in this country. Punish them. They [club owners] will probably hide in a few weeks, and say it was nothing to do with them, they were only talking about it. Seriously, in the midst of a pandemic, an economic crisis and these lot are having Zoom calls about breaking away and basically creating more greed? Joke.”