Is world football shaken? The judicial ruling that UEFA fears
Within hours, the European Union Court of Justice will issue a decisive ruling on the Super League.
December 19, 2023 at 09:40 PM.
This Thursday, the Court of Justice of the European Union will announce a momentous decision on the future of world football, which UEFA and FIFA await with great anticipation.
What will they fail? There is nothing less than the legitimacy of both institutions regarding the creation of the controversial Premier League, as it may be in violation of European competition rules.
The court heard this case after doubts were raised by the promoters of the Premier League, with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus chief among them, before a court in Madrid, which requested guidelines on whether UEFA and FIFA had incurred abuse of dominant position by the ban, with Threatening to impose strict sanctions, creating an alternative tournament to the Champions League.
As we explained from Spain, this concept is not subject to appeal and could conflict with the interests of the highest levels of football, who were declared innocent according to the thesis of the prosecutor in charge of the case, Athanasios Rantos. Their opinion is not binding but will serve as the final arbiter.
It is worth noting that the UEFA Super League, which was legally established as a Spanish company named European Super League Company (ESLC) and promoted by A22 Sports Management, was announced in April 2021, as an initiative of Real Madrid. FC Barcelona and Juventus, among others, and initial support from giants such as Manchester United, Inter Milan or Atletico Madrid.
But the strong reaction from UEFA and its president Aleksander Ceferin, in addition to the rejection of FIFA and Gianni Infantino, as well as the opposition of the national federations, the European Club Association (ECA), various governments or the European Commission, caused a stampede and many of those teams announced their withdrawal from the project. . Only Florentino Pérez was left fighting until the end.
Now Europe, and thus many major global competitions, awaits the final thesis of the European Court of Justice, which will be mandatory for the 17th Commercial Court of Madrid investigating the case.