While the two authorities had hypothesized to sanction clubs and players wishing to participate in the Super League, a Madrid court has, at least momentarily, cut the rug out from under them.
The legal battle has only just begun. A Madrid court on Tuesday banned in summary proceedings to UEFA and Fifa any measure against the launch of the Super League, the first legal victory for this dissident private competition which opened a conflict in European football, according to the decision obtained by the AFP. In this text, the Commercial Court n ° 17 of Madrid indicates having “ordered” FIFA and UEFA, until the case is judged on the merits, “to refrain from adopting any measure or action ( …) which prevents or poses difficulties, directly or indirectly, in the preparation of the Football Super League. ” This court specifies, moreover, to have prohibited the two instances from taking “disciplinary measures or sanctions” against clubs, managers and players involved in the preparation of the Super League. It forbids them, in particular, “to exclude clubs and / or players (…) from any international or national club competition.”
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It will be necessary to see how UEFA and Fifa respond to this injunction issued by a single Spanish court, while their threats of retaliation concern all of Europe. In a letter sent Sunday to Fifa and UEFA, which AFP obtained, the promoters of the Super League claimed to have already launched “a procedure before the competent courts, to ensure the establishment and operation without a hitch. of the competition. ” The idea was to undermine in advance the reprisals of the two bodies, which threatened in January to exclude dissidents from their competitions, depriving for example of Euro and World Cup players involved in this private tournament. The announcement on Sunday evening by the twelve rebel clubs – six English clubs, three Spanish and three Italian – of their desire to create an almost closed league, comparable to the North American basketball (NBA) or American football (NFL) championships, caused an open war in European soccer.