By The Associated Press on December 21, 2023.
BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday in a landmark decision for the future of soccer’s club competitions that UEFA and FIFA acted contrary to EU competition law in blocking plans for the breakaway Super League.
The case was heard last year at the court after Super League failed at a launch in April 2021. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin called the club leaders “snakes” and “liars” and threatened to ban players from Super League clubs.
The company formed by 12 rebel clubs – now led by only Real Madrid and Barcelona after Juventus withdrew this year – started legal action to protect its position and the Court of Justice was asked to rule on points of EU law by a Madrid tribunal.
The clubs had accused UEFA of breaching European law by allegedly abusing its market dominance of soccer competitions.
“The FIFA and UEFA rules making any new interclub football project subject to their prior approval, such as the Super League, and prohibiting clubs and players from playing in those competitions, are unlawful,” the court said. “There is no framework for the FIFA and UEFA rules ensuring that they are transparent, objective, non-discriminatory and proportionate.”
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