FIFA and UEFA receive official notice from Swiss Ministry of Justice that action against Super League clubs is illegal

This Wednesday, UEFA will take a final decision on the clubs that have not yet withdrawn from the design of the European Super League.

The European Super League is a proposed breakaway competition from the UEFA Champions League that initially had the support of 12 founding clubs. However, three days after the unveiling of plans to commence the league were announced; the league suspended its operations due to massive protests in England by fans of English clubs who opposed the league and subsequent exit of 9 founding members. A major criticism of the league by the fans and media was that it promoted elitism and a lack of competitiveness.

Only 3 clubs out of the original 12 founding members remain – Juventus, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. On 31 May 2021, the Super League company filed a complaint to the Court of Justice of the European Union against Swiss-based FIFA and UEFA for their proposals finalized to stop the organization of the competition.

According to Cadena SER, the Swiss Ministry of Justice informed FIFA and UEFA of the illegality of sanctioning Real Madrid, FC Barcelona or Juventus, the 3 clubs still behind the contested Super League project.

Even the Commercial Court of Justice has relayed a decision that European law prohibits UEFA and FIFA from applying sanctions on the ESL clubs, who can legally form a new private competition.

UEFA plan to impose heavy fines on the 3 clubs that are still a part of the ESL, but it remains to be seen if this would be legal under European law.

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