Top News Spanish Court Rules In Favour Of European Super League

A Spanish judge has ordered FIFA and UEFA to stop opposing the European Super League (ESL), citing anticompetitive behaviour and abuse of their dominant position.

The governing bodies were found to have violated European Union law by prohibiting clubs from participating in a proposed new professional football championship, according to a court statement on Monday.

A22 Sports Management, the sports development business behind the ESL idea, filed the case against the Spanish Soccer Federation, Spain’s LaLiga, UEFA, and FIFA, all of whom had opposed the ESL.

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The era of the monopoly is now definitively over,” A22 CEO Bernd Reichart said in a statement after the ruling, calling it “an important step towards a truly competitive and sustainable club football landscape in Europe“.

Reichart went on to say that UEFA had hindered innovation for decades and that teams “should not be threatened with sanctions simply for having ideas and conversations.”

Gil Garcia’s finding came after the European Court of Justice issued a similar decision in December.

Both La Liga and UEFA claimed that the verdict did not clearly favour the formation of the Super League.

“The judgment does not give third parties the right to develop competitions without authorisation and does not concern any future project or indeed any modified version of an existing project,” UEFA said in a statement.

In 2021, Europe’s 12 leading teams proposed a breakaway league, sparking huge fan protests and UEFA sanctions, prompting nine of them to withdraw.

A22 claimed that UEFA and FIFA possessed a monopoly position that violated the EU’s Competition and Free Movement Law.

The ECJ decided against UEFA and FIFA, but did not say on whether the ESL may proceed.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, and nine other elite European clubs unveiled the idea in April 2021.

The move, however, failed within 48 hours due to a public outrage that caused Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Atletico Madrid to withdraw.

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