LaLiga, the only league involved in the procedure, welcomes the conclusions of the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) that FIFA and UEFA rules under which any new competition is subject to prior approval are compatible with EU competition law.
The Advocate General states that although the European Super League Company is free to create its own football competition outside of the FIFA and UEFA ecosystem, clubs involved cannot expect to participate at the same time in competitions organized by FIFA and UEFA.
While the conclusions published today are non-binding, LaLiga is confident that CJEU judges will share the opinion published today by the Advocate General when they issue their final verdict in the coming months.
LaLiga is certain that the current European sports model, which has the support of European institutions, allows an adequate development for sport from grassroots level all the way up to professional leagues and coexistence between national leagues and international competitions.
“LaLiga, along with other European leagues, will continue to fight for right of European institutions to legislate and provide legal protection for the current European football model,” said Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga.
European authorities have previously positioned themselves against the European Super League by defending an open, democratic model based on meritocracy. A resolution in the European Parliament in November 2021 defending the current model was backed by 87% of the votes.
LaLiga is a firm defender of the current European football ecosystem, which has proven a great success over many years. The creation of a Super League outside of this model would destroy European national leagues, put an end to a model that has proven its effectiveness for over 100 years and break the dream of millions of fans. The creation of a league designed to enrich the biggest clubs and concentrate power in a small number of teams that already dominate would also cause the loss of tens of thousands of jobs and drastically reduce tax revenue for public coffers across the continent.