The European Court ruled in favor of the European Super League (ESL) while UEFA and FIFA lost the football case. Football’s governing bodies UEFA and FIFA have lost a major court dispute that challenges their dominance in Europe.
This decision of the European Court also paved the way for the greatest clubs of sports to launch new breakaway competitions. The highest court of the European Union (ECJ) has ruled today that UEFA and FIFA acted illegally in threatening to fine players and teams who joined the ESL.
The court found the act of UEFA and FIFA against the law of competition when they blocked the formation of ESL back in 2021. UEFA controls European football while FIFA is the global governing body of football.
FIFA and UEFA stance on European Court decison
FIFA responded to the decision saying it has taken notice of the ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) about ESL. It will analyze the decision in collaboration with UEFA, other federations, and the member associations before making any further comments.
However, UEFA released a statement that it has taken note of ECJ’s decision in the European Super League dispute. This decision does not represent an endorsement or validation of the so-called Super League. It highlights a pre-existing shortcoming with UEFA’s pre-authorization structure. It is a technical component that was already identified and corrected in June 2022.
The judges challenged the core powers of UEFA and FIFA and ordered both organizations to abandon unjustified restrictions and become more open to competition.
In other words, the verdict of the European court implies neither UEFA nor FIFA can impose sanctions on football clubs who participate in alternative competitions. In this regard, UEFA and FIFA lost a football case getting deprived of their power over ESL.
UEFA refers to the Union of European Football Associations and FIFA refers to the International Federation of Association Football. The recent verdict of ECJ comes in the aftermath of April 2021 when 12 football clubs joined together to launch a new league (ESL) for players. UEFA and FIFA attempted to undermine the ESL joining of players and violated European law.
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