Earlier today, on December 21, the European Court of Justice granted permission for the European Super League, a breakaway league.
The ESL drama began in April 2021 with the announcement that 12 teams, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham, had joined up for the breakaway league.

Strong criticism and condemnation from supporters, rival European leagues, and even the government caused the proposals to fall in less than 72 hours.

The six Premier League teams—AC Milan and Atletico Madrid—were all fined by Uefa for entering the European Super League.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus chose to sue FIFA and Uefa for attempting to stop the league’s existence, while other teams pulled out of the proposal.

The ESL and A22, its backers, said that by threatening to punish clubs and players who joined the breakaway league, Uefa and Fifa were breaking competition law.

Following an extended legal dispute, the European Court of Justice declared that FIFA and Uefa had broken the law and misused “a dominant position” by forbidding teams from entering independent leagues like the ESL.

The court, however added: “That does not mean that a competition such as the Super League project must necessarily be approved”.

The court ruled that when new competitors are “potentially entering the market,” Fifa and Uefa must ensure that their power is “transparent, objective, non-discriminatory and proportionate.”

The report continued: “However, the powers of Fifa and Uefa are not subject to any such criteria. Fifa and Uefa are, therefore, abusing a dominant position.

“Moreover, given their arbitrary nature, their rules on approval, control, and sanctions must be held to be unjustified restrictions on the freedom to provide services.

“That does not mean that a competition such as the Super League project must necessarily be approved. The Court does not rule on that specific project in its judgment.”

The ruling is expected to have a negative impact on FIFA’s and Uefa’s authority and capacity to control football.

While celebrating the court ruling on X, A22 chief executive Bernd Reichart wrote that the ESL “have won the right to exist”.

He continued: “Uefa’s monopoly is over. Football is free. Clubs are now free from the threat of sanctions and free to determine their future.

“For fans: we offer free broadcasting of all Superleague matches. For clubs: Income and solidarity expenses will be guaranteed.”