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UEFA, FIFA Loose Landmark Legal Battle To European Super League

5 months ago
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In a landmark legal victory, the European Super League (ESL) has successfully challenged FIFA and UEFA in a case that questioned the governing bodies’ authority over football competitions.

The EU Court of Justice ruled that attempts by FIFA and UEFA to block the ESL were unlawful, stating that rules requiring approval for interclub projects and prohibiting player participation violated EU competition law and the freedom to provide services.

The ESL, initially comprising 12 clubs from England, Spain, and Italy, has faced vehement opposition from fans, players, and football authorities since its announcement in April 2021.

The court’s decision marks a significant turning point, asserting that FIFA and UEFA abused their dominant position and imposed unjustified restrictions on clubs and players seeking to join the breakaway league.

Despite the legal triumph, the ESL’s path to fruition remains uncertain.

Three clubs—Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus—continue to support the league, while the other nine withdrew following public backlash.

The case will now return to the Madrid commercial court, where the EU court’s judgment will be applied to the specific circumstances of the ESL.

In response to the ruling, the ESL declared, “We have won the right to compete. The UEFA monopoly is over. Football is free.” However, practical and legal challenges still loom, and the launch of the ESL is not imminent.

FIFA and UEFA expressed disappointment, emphasizing their commitment to defending the integrity of football. They pledged to explore all legal options to preserve their rights and those of their member associations, leagues, and clubs.


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