May 27, 2024


The European Court of Justice has ruled that UEFA and FIFA rules that prohibit clubs from joining breakaway competitions like the European Super League are unlawful.

In 2021, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez went to court, after UEFA and FIFA threatened to sanction clubs that signed up for the novel European Super League.

After two years of arguments, counter arguments and cross examinations, Europe’s apex court has ruled that football governing bodies have no such rights.

Florentino Perez is the main proponent of the European Super League

The Super League, led by law firm A22 Sports, made it’s case before 15 judges before today’s ruling.

An initial report released last December by the ECJ said the rules of football’s European and world governing bodies were “compatible with EU competition law”.

The report said that when new competitions are “potentially entering the market” Fifa and Uefa must ensure their powers are “transparent, objective, non-discriminatory and proportionate”.

The report adds: “However, the powers of Fifa and Uefa are not subject to any such criteria. Fifa and Uefa are, therefore, abusing a dominant position.”

“Moreover, given their arbitrary nature, their rules on approval, control and sanctions must be held to be unjustified restrictions on the freedom to provide services.”

“That does not mean that a competition such as the Super League project must necessarily be approved. The Court does not rule on that specific project in its judgment.”

Europe’s elite club are expected to rejoin the competition

Per the ruling clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City who initially withdrew from the League can now sign up without facing sanctions from UEFA or FIFA.UEFA and FIFA can still appeal the decision if they wish to.

The European Super League was originally formed by Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspurs, AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Juventus.

Of the founding members, only Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid remain.



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