The State lawyer has sent this Tuesday a list of allegations to the Court of Justice of the European Union against the so-called European Football Super League. With the letter sent, advanced by Cadena Cope, the Spanish Government aligns itself with UEFA and the 55 federations that compose it in its opposition to a closed competition and outside the tutelage of the body that governs European football. The previous Minister of Culture and Sports, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, had already hinted at the position of the Executive of Pedro Sánchez. “The sport model, of open competitive football based on merit, is broken, that the big and the small can face each other and that the little one can win from time to time,” Uribes warned last April, a few days after that 12 clubs announced the creation of the elite competition, a project led by Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid. This position, according to sources from the Higher Sports Council (CSD), is also shared by José Manuel Franco, current Secretary of State for Sports.
The Super League proposed a model of a closed tournament and outside of UEFA by which the 12 founding clubs (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético, Manchester United, City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Juventus, Inter and Milan), more three others who had to join later, would have the right to always participate. The Higher Sports Council reiterated this Tuesday that “the Government’s position regarding the Super League is known” while maintaining its position of reaching a solution through negotiation between the parties. “We believe that, through dialogue, the improvement of competitions is possible, but always through the structures that already exist. In that sense, the only new thing is that we have sent that opinion to the European Union, but with the legal criteria provided by the State Bar ”, assures the CSD.
The Court of Justice of the European Union must resolve in the coming months the preliminary question raised by the judge of the Commercial Court 17 of Madrid, Manuel Ruiz de Lara, to determine whether UEFA and FIFA commit abuse of position and monopoly on the organization of international club competitions. The three clubs that remain firm in the idea of taking the project forward are Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus. The other nine founders gave up on the plan, although they haven’t technically been able to get out.
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