The chapter of the Super League is far from closed. If UEFA has announced the opening of disciplinary proceedings against Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus in this case, the three rebel clubs, released by their nine initial allies (Arsenal, Chelsea, Atlético de Madrid, Inter, AC Milan, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham), decided to counterattack.
We learn through the Belgian television channel RTBF that they have, via the investigating judge of the Commercial Court 17 of Madrid Manuel Ruiz de Lara, seized the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to deliver a preliminary decision. The latter will be loaded “To specify whether there is abuse of a dominant position by UEFA and FIFA”, explains the Belgian media, which had access to the official document in question.
When justice gets involved …
“The indisputable social and economic importance arising from this dispute and from the interpretation of Community law requires a rapid resolution by the Court of Justice of the European Union”, explains the Spanish judge in his request, which asks the European body to rule on competition issues, but also on the legality of the sanctions devised by Aleksandr Ceferin and UEFA, namely an exclusion for two years from European competitions .
The 3 rebel clubs have secured the services of a legal team composed in particular of Jean-Louis Dupont, Belgian lawyer famous for having been at the origin of the famous Bosman judgment in 1995. A decision which had revolutionized the transfer window in Europe, allowing free players to leave without transfer compensation and abolishing quotas for players of European nationalities. The RTBF specifies that the procedure could last several months. Real, Barça and Juve are well and truly ready for anything.