In a landmark ruling on Thursday, December 21, the European Court of Justice granted final approval for the establishment of the highly contested Super League, dealing a significant blow to UEFA’s opposition.
The official press release stated, “UEFA does not have exclusivity in football, and another competition can be organised. There can be no discrimination against the Super League, and the clubs can decide their future.” The Court of Justice of the European Union asserted that the rules imposed by FIFA and UEFA regarding the creation of competitions, including the Super League, would be in violation of European Union law.
This court ruling comes as a welcome relief for the clubs slated to participate in the tournament.
If the Super League is launched, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to receive a substantial 1 billion euros each. Extensive negotiations have taken place with approximately sixty clubs over the past year.
With a total value of €100,000, investors are prepared to contribute €15 billion. Investors will retain 15% of the turnover, while the remainder will be distributed among the participating clubs. Notably, Barcelona and Real Madrid will also receive a resistance bonus for committing to stay within the project.
The approval of the Super League adds another layer to the evolving football landscape, alongside recent developments such as the Club World Cup reform, the FIFA Club Super Cup, and the forthcoming changes to the Champions League. While clubs welcome the expansion of opportunities, players and coaches express concerns about the growing burden of matches throughout the season.