UEFA chiefs are confident they will be given the go-ahead to crack down on the Super League’s remaining rebels following a landmark legal case next month.
The European Court of Justice has announced it has scheduled a two-day hearing in the case in which Uefa is accused of “abusing a dominant position” by blocking the creation of the breakaway competition.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus were backed by the Spanish capital’s ‘Commercial Court’ in a decision seen by Uefa bosses as an ‘internal’ decision.
That court’s ruling that Uefa had no right to punish the three rebels was later overturned by a higher court in Spain.
However, Uefa made it clear they will await the outcome of the trio’s ECJ case, which will now be heard in Luxembourg on July 11-12, before taking their next steps.
And with judges announcing they will deliver an ‘expedited’ verdict, Uefa’s Nyon hierarchy expects to get a legal win and the green light for the three clubs to pursue within weeks.
Lawyers for the clubs will argue that Uefa acted outside of their mandate in scrapping the Super League plan in April 2021 within 48 hours.
Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin assembled his forces and national governments, including Britain, to force the rebels to surrender, with all six Prem clubs involved relenting within hours.
The Super League remains in place despite the withdrawal of nine of the original 12 clubs, and even outlines a revamped version of the competition, including promotion and relegation – instead of the initial entry behind closed doors – earlier this year.
His submissions to the court will claim that Uefa had no right to prevent a competing competition from starting and that the European governing body should subsequently have no right to impose penalties on potential entrants.
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Ceferin, who had previously threatened to ban the remaining rebels from playing in the Champions League, dismissed allegations that Uefa was abusing a “monopoly”.
The Slovenian emphasized: “Nobody is obliged to take part in our competitions and no association is forced to be a member of Uefa.
“Every association or club has the right to set up its own Uefa or to play its own competition.
“But according to our rules, of course you can’t play in ours if you play in another competition.”
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