Top lawyers reveal why they expect to defeat UEFA in European Super League battle

26 September 2021

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Photo: Alamy "Many clubs in Europe are happy with the fact that these three clubs are the voice of their frustrations and have the strength to fight the case to its conclusion," says Lawyers acting for A22, the Madrid-based company behind the European Super League (ESL). Pictured is Chelsea players celebrating their Champions League triumph earlier this year.

Lawyers for ESL promoter company A22 say Madrid judge was “alarmed by threats of Ceferin” and “thinks the merits of the case are good”.

They say UEFA is trying to depict this as a “civil war between Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus and the rest of the world”. 

The ESL was conditional on receiving approval from UEFA or FIFA, so “never a breakaway league,” claim the lawyers.

Reaction of UEFA was “typical of a monopolist, full of threats, with no regard for rule of law,” say lawyer who was a major force behind the 1995 Bosman ruling.

Lawrie Holmes lawrie@offthepitch.com

Lawyers acting for A22, the Madrid-based company behind the European Super League (ESL), say they expect to defeat UEFA at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in challenging what they claim is the football body’s monopolistic position.

That is despite nine of the 12 original ESL clubs pulling out of the initiative and signing agreements with UEFA and the Premier League promising not to engage in a similar enterprise.

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