On Thursday, December 21, the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice (ECJ) made its final decision on the European Super League project, created in defiance of Europe’s football governing body UEFA.
The 15-judge grand panel of the European Court of Justice found that FIFA and UEFA had “abused their dominant position” in trying to set conditions on how potential rival tournament organizers could access the market.
The court ruled that such watchdog power over rival operators should be subject to “transparent, objective, non-discriminatory and proportionate” criteria to address conflicts of interest by sports governing bodies.
Contrary to an attorney general’s opinion earlier this year, the court also rejected the idea that an exemption from sports competition rules should apply to the case; The organization of inter-club football competitions and the use of media rights are “clearly economic activities”.
However, the court emphasized that its finding did not constitute approval for the Super League project.