Euro Super League holdouts taking legal action

The clubs behind the European Super League will accuse the sport’s governing bodies of breaking EU competition rules as they attempt to dismantle a "monopoly" they claim "blocks the creation of rival contests." Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus -- the three clubs behind the Super League -- are taking legal action against UEFA and FIFA in an effort to "fundamentally reorganise the running of the sport." The European Court of Justice will be asked to judge whether UEFA can "continue to act as a regulator that is able to place sanctions on clubs, while also acting as a participant," profiting from organizing tournaments such as the Champions League. UEFA has "received widespread political support from European governments, 16 of which will intervene in the court hearing," most of them to defend the "European model of sport" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 10/24).

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