Football Spanish Court Ends Protections for Super League Clubs – Metro US
FILE PHOTO: Twelve of Europe’s top football clubs launch breakaway Super League
MADRID (Reuters) – A Spanish judge has overturned measures that prevented UEFA and FIFA from cracking down on clubs seeking to set up a European Super League.
In the ruling, published on Thursday, the Commercial Court in Madrid said it was overturning measures enacted in April last year because even if clubs were penalized by FIFA and UEFA, it would not stop them from maintaining their super league plans to continue.
Of the 12 clubs that originally supported the breakaway Super League, only Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona and Italian club Juventus remain.
The three clubs did not respond when contacted by Reuters for comment. The world football association FIFA and its European counterpart UEFA also did not comment. AS newspaper reported that the Super League will appeal the decision.
The proposed league threatened to upend the long-established order of elite football in Europe by guaranteeing places to its founding clubs rather than qualifying them through their domestic competitions.
Judge Sofia Gil Garcia wrote in her ruling that at the time the project was being developed, Super League clubs “were fully aware of the possible consequences, which did not prevent the acceptance of funding commitments which cannot be assumed or assumed to be foiled become possible sanctions.”
Last April, another judge said that FIFA and UEFA “may not take any action that prohibits, restricts, limits or imposes conditions in any way on the formation of the Super League”.
This decision came after both UEFA and FIFA warned they would impose sanctions on clubs and players competing in the new league, which was set up to rival UEFA’s established Champions League.
(Reporting by Fernando Kallas; Editing by Toby Davis)