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FIFA and UEFA Ruling: Implications for Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham in European Super League Saga

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FIFA and UEFA Ruling: Implications for Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham in European Super League Saga

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that FIFA and UEFA’s attempts to block the formation of the European Super League were “contrary to EU law.” However, the court also clarified that the formation of the league should “not necessarily be approved.”

The ruling comes after FIFA and UEFA threatened heavy sanctions on the 12 clubs involved, including Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham, who were said to be founders of the European Super League.
The ECJ deemed FIFA and UEFA’s actions as an abuse of market dominance and a violation of competition rules, emphasizing the need to respect the freedoms of movement and competition rules.
The court clarified that its ruling does not mandate the approval of a competition like the Super League but asserts that it must be allowed to form based on the freedom to provide services and the freedoms of movement.
The ECJ stated that FIFA and UEFA’s immediate suppression of the Super League amounted to a clear conflict of interest.
A22 Sports, the company backing the Super League idea, released a statement celebrating the ruling and proclaiming the “RightToCompete.” The statement mentioned the freedom for clubs to determine their own futures and proposed free viewing of all Super League matches for fans.
UEFA responded, stating that the ruling does not endorse or validate the Super League and emphasizes a historical shortfall in UEFA’s pre-authorisation framework.
UEFA expressed confidence in the robustness of its new rules and its commitment to upholding the European football pyramid.
La Liga also issued a statement condemning the Super League as a “selfish and elitist model.”
Regarding the impact on Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham, the ruling means that if they were to rejoin or support a similar competition, they would be exempt from sanctions by FIFA and UEFA.
However, given the previous backlash and the clubs’ withdrawal from the project, it seems unlikely they would rejoin.
The ruling also underlines the importance of a proposed independent football regulator in England and Wales, which would have powers to monitor and enforce compliance with various requirements, potentially denying entry to competitions deemed necessary.

FIFA and UEFA Ruling: Implications for Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham in European Super League Saga

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