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CJEU unequivocal opinion damning of Super League before next year’s ruling

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has registered an unequivocal opinion that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) should impose a ruling to stop the formation of breakaway competitions, such as the Super League.

Advocate General Athanasias Rantos of the CJEU considers the European federations and organisations in football as having a duty to protect the sport and uphold sporting competition.

General Rantos quoted Article 165 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), noting that European football has an obligation to protect competition and sporting fairness, such as promotion and relegation, instead of the closed shop promoted by the Super League.

The remaining Super League clubs are Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus and they want to maintain their membership of UEFA, while also competing in the Super League. However, General Rantos believes that there needs to be strict legislation to stop this happening.

UEFA said in a statement: ‘’Football in Europe remains united and steadfastly opposed to the ESL, or any such breakaway proposals, which would threaten the entire European sports ecosystem.’’

The final ruling by the ECJ is next year; however, this development represents a significant blow to the Super League clubs.

UEFA said: ‘’While we await the Court’s final judgment due next year, UEFA, as a public interest, not-for-profit governing body, will continue to be fully focused on its mission to develop football for all, in close cooperation with national associations, leagues, clubs, players, fans, EU institutions, governments and other relevant stakeholders who have the true values of football at heart.’’

Given the financial effects of the pandemic, this is an encouraging step for clubs across the continent and fans who want to see the traditional structure of fair competition upheld in their respective leagues. The ruling next year will be decisive for the future of European football.

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