The creation of the Super League this Sunday by twelve European clubs will give rise to an intense legal battle with UEFA in the coming weeks and months. The two camps are already preparing their legal confrontation and in particular around possible sanctions against the slingers.
The war is now total within European football. The creation of the Super League by twelve rebellious clubs will lead to a violent response from UEFA. The governing body, supported by FIFA and by the federations and the national leagues, hopes to thwart the attempt of the twelve cadors to set up a competitor in the Champions League.
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However, it should not be that easy and an intense battle should be fought in the courts. According to information from the British newspaper The Times, confirmed by the New York Times, the twelve slingers (Real Madrid, Barça, Atlético de Madrid, Inter, AC Milan, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United , Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham) have already notified UEFA and the international federation of legal proceedings to ensure the viability of the Super League.
In a letter addressed to the opposite camp, the twelve founding clubs of the Super League would have signified having initiated the procedure by filing “a request with the competent courts”. Doubt remains, however, as to the legal entities contacted.
And for good reason, this case could both fall under the jurisdiction of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, an international judicial body specializing in sport, and of the Court of Justice of the European Union which guarantees that the countries and institutions of the EU comply with European legislation.
The clubs excluded from the championships?
In addition to the protection of financial assets, the Super League would count on funding between 4 and 6 billion euros, the clubs involved are also seeking to avoid sports sanctions. Even before the officialization of the new competition, UEFA threatened to exclude the twelve teams from all European competitions. Ditto for those who would like to join them. Exit therefore the Champions League, the Europa League and the Conference League. If on this side, the members of the Super League do not seem to worry about it, their mini-championship having to be played on the same slots, the doubt remains for the national events.
Like France, where the FFF and the LFP remain united behind UEFA, the federations and leagues remain loyal to the body of European football. In fact, the clubs involved could for example be excluded from the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga, or even the Bundesliga if German clubs joined the project. This is the major point on which justice will have to rule: can rebellious clubs be legally deprived of the championship and national cups? It’s up to the courts to decide.
Private selection players?
In addition to the problem of clubs and their participation in national competitions, the players and coach themselves could soon be caught in the crossfire. Employees of clubs, paid by slingers, international stars are bound by a contract with their employer. Diego Simeone’s reaction this Sunday indirectly reminded us.
“We are ready to coach the clubs, said the coach of Atlético Madrid, a member of the 12 teams behind the project. Our club will make the best decision for its future.”
If no player has chosen his camp during this war between the Super League and UEFA, the presence of national federations in support of the European body could have an impact on their presence or not in the selection. The players of the clubs present in the Super League could thus be excluded from their national selections.
A few months before the Euro, the question is even becoming a major issue. Thibaut Courtois or Raphaël Varane could for example be removed from the Belgium team (yet not directly concerned by the Super League) or the Blues if the Royal Belgian Football Federation or the FFF decided to sanction the rebellious clubs.
Ditto for all English players like Harry Kane, Harry Maguire or Raheem Sterling and even the two executives of Didier Deschamps, N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) and Paul Pogba were punished following the decision of the Big Six clubs to join the Super League. Here again, the decision of the courts is awaited at the turn. A decision in favor of the players and against UEFA could serve as a case law for other sports.