FIFA and UEFA’s prohibition of the European Super League has been deemed illegal by the European Court of Justice.

In a groundbreaking decision, the European Court of Justice has ruled against FIFA and UEFA, declaring that they violated EU law by obstructing the establishment of the European Super League in 2021. A22, the supporters of the ESL, initiated legal action against the governing bodies, alleging that they breached competition regulations in order to prevent the formation of the league. The court has now issued its verdict in favor of A22, delivering a significant blow to FIFA and UEFA.

As per the court’s findings, the regulations imposed by FIFA and UEFA, which demand their approval for any new interclub football initiative such as the Super League and prohibit players from participating in such competitions, are deemed unlawful. The report highlights the importance of having clear and fair standards in place to prevent conflicts of interest when a dominant entity holds the power to decide how potential competitors can enter the market. However, FIFA and UEFA do not adhere to these standards, which results in them misusing their dominant position. Moreover, the court views their regulations on approval, control, and penalties as unwarranted limitations on the freedom to offer services. It should be noted that the court’s decision does not specifically pertain to the approval of the Super League project itself. Instead, the judgment primarily addresses the illegal actions taken by FIFA and UEFA, without endorsing or validating the proposed league.

Following the ruling, UEFA issued a statement acknowledging the court’s decision, but emphasizing that it should not be interpreted as support for the Super League. UEFA acknowledges a past flaw in its pre-authorization system, which has already been rectified as of June 2022. The organization expresses confidence in its newly implemented regulations, ensuring compliance with all applicable European laws and regulations. UEFA is dedicated to safeguarding the structure of European football and promoting the interests of society as a whole. Their goal is to work together with different entities such as national associations, leagues, clubs, fans, players, coaches, EU institutions, governments, and partners to shape the European sports model. UEFA firmly believes that the European football pyramid, which is highly valued by fans and stakeholders, will be protected from any attempts to form breakaway leagues, as supported by European and national legislations. This decision is a crucial milestone in the ongoing conflict between football governing bodies and those advocating for the creation of the European Super League.

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