According to information confirmed in RMC Sport on Tuesday, UEFA and A22 Sports Management company, which manages the Super League project, will soon face each other in the Court of Justice of the European Union on December 21. The court’s decision could shake the future of football and sports competitions in Europe.
The Super League project, which was launched on April 18, 2021 by twelve legendary football clubs of Europe, failed in a short time due to the intense opposition of the national leagues, UEFA and especially the fans and even some players of the relevant teams. Within 48 hours, nine of the twelve rebels backed down and Juventus withdrew from the project this summer amid negotiations with UEFA.
Relaunched in February 2023 and still supported by the last surviving players of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, the Super League and the company behind this version 2.0, A22 Sports Management attacked UEFA’s monopoly in the European court. In a few weeks, the Court of Justice of the European Union will decide on the Super League case. The date will be scheduled for 9.30am on December 21st, before the CJEU, RMC Sport learned this Tuesday.
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UEFA accused of “illegal monopoly”
A22 still accuses UEFA of establishing an “illegal monopoly” on continental football competitions, and it is this specific point that the Court of Justice of the European Union must decide. A court decision against the body chaired by Aleksander Ceferin risks setting a precedent and disrupting the organization of sports competitions in Europe by ending the monopolies of confederations, national federations or leagues.
Bernd Reichart, chairman of the board of directors of A22 Sports, said, “Club football is on the eve of a big change. We expect the Court of Justice of the European Union to end UEFA’s monopoly and protect the fundamental freedoms of the European Union in the football world.” . “Fans, clubs, players and football will benefit from an industry that is open to competition of ideas and where clubs can run and organize a European competition without fear of threats.”
Positive opinion to UEFA in 2022
UEFA has full discretion over this issue of the Super League and accusations of monopoly in the world of European football. The Board seems quite calm about the ECJ’s decision in December. In December 2022, the continental body’s attorney general sided with the European body, and his conclusions are frequently followed by judges.
During his visit last February After Football Anas Laghrari, co-founder of A22 Sports Management, was optimistic about the RMC: “Once we make this decision, UEFA will have something to worry about.” With more than two years to go until the Super League comes into being in April 2021, this thorny issue will experience a new turning point in its history and that of European football.