The CJUE general lawyer dismantles in his latest report UEFA’s defense against the Super League

victory of the super league before the Uefa before he Court of Justice of the European Union render its ruling. The first Advocate General, Maciej Szpunarlays the groundwork for a possible judgment against the monopoly of Uefa and FIFA. The Pole has embraced the theses of the defense of the Super League in his report on the ‘Antwerp case’ published this Thursday.

The lawyer published his conclusions within the ‘Antwerp case’ and, despite being not yet binding, they represent a new endorsement for the intentions of the Super League project and call into question the position of the highest body in European football. In the ‘Antwerp case’, the CJEU will have to rule on whether the UEFA rules on locally trained players violate free competition and the free movement of workers, basic principles of the EU.

Szpunar is the superior of Athanasios Rantos, the general lawyer who made the report on the Super League case against UEFA. In his explanations, he assures that the organization chaired by Alexander Ceferin is a private entity that cannot be referred merely to article 165 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to justify a restriction of the fundamental freedoms of the EU.

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In addition, it informs the magistrates that the EU cannot outsource to UEFA the definition of the European Sport Model. These conclusions are important to clarify the limits of the monopoly currently held by UEFA according to the Union Law.

In a new setback for the claims of the highest body in European football, the first general counsel concludes that UEFA cannot abide by the “general interest” such as the development of the European Sports Model, since this is a circumstance that cannot occur in private entities that pursue objectives of an economic nature. This could lead to a conflict of interest.

On the other hand, Szpunar rejects the possibility that UEFA has a wider margin of appreciation that justifies the restriction of the fundamental freedoms of the European Union. This, despite the fact that the entity chaired by Ceferin have the desire to promote the training of footballers and the recruitment of the youngest players.

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Thus, the final conclusion reached by the first advocate general is that the CJEU It must oppose the application of rules that refer to formally trained players, something that UEFA did adopt and that led to the ‘Antwerp case’. That is to say, it urges once again to oppose the entity chaired by Ceferin, in what is considered one more victory on the part of the super league before the final verdict.

This report comes while awaiting the CJEU’s ruling on the battle between the Super League and UEFA this spring and represents important support for the options of Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus.

[El decálogo de la Superliga: abierta con hasta 80 equipos, divisiones, salarios regulados…]

In what happens, the Super League continues to take steps preparing the ground in the event of receiving a favorable sentence. Thus, last February was the CEO of A22, bernd reichartwho presented a decalogue to better understand this new competition.

On these fundamental bases, Reichart pointed to the sports meritocracy of open competition, stable and sustainable income, firm financial sustainability standards and the possibility of reaching up to 80 teams in different categories.

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