Super League Sponsors approach court for pre-emptive injunction against UEFA, FIFA ban
London, April 20, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Lawyers for European Super League sponsors have dragged FIFA and UEFA to court to prevent the two organisations from being kicked out of the European competitions
The pre-emptive injunction is also to prevent FIFA and UEFA from banning players associated with the breakaway competition from been kicked out of the world cup
Uefa’s response to news of the proposed new self-elected elite was to raise the prospect of the 12 clubs – including all of the Prem Big Six – and their players being unable to play in any national or international competitions.
But the clubs responded with a joint letter of their own – sent to Fifa President Gianni Infantino and Uefa counterpart Aleksander Ceferin.
In it they revealed they had already engaged lawyers to fight their corner. A paper seen by the BBC says now the threat of court action is now real
The letter read: “We are concerned that Fifa and Uefa may respond to this invitation letter by seeking to take punitive measures to exclude any participating club or player from their respective competitions.
“Your formal statement does, however, compel us to take protective steps to secure ourselves against such an adverse reaction.
“[This] would not only jeopardise the funding commitment under the Grant but, significantly, would be unlawful.
“For this reason, SLCo (Super League Company) has filed a motion before the relevant courts in order to ensure the seamless establishment and operation of the Competition in accordance with applicable laws.
The 12 clubs, whose decision to join the new £4.6billion competition was only confirmed in a statement issued by all 12 and also carried on a newly-launched website shortly after 11pm on Sunday, did not state which court they were discussing.
While the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport is recognised as the ultimate tribunal for sporting disputes, it cannot take up a case until parties have a ruling from within their sport to file an objection and dissent.
That suggests Super League has taken a page out of the Sepp Blatter Fifa manual and filed a case in a local court in mainland Europe, which could then be progressed to the full European Court.
It is suggested the clubs will argue that any bans would be both a restraint of trade and also fall foul of the precedent set by the legal victories by swimmers in their battle to join the breakaway International Swimming League against the objections of the international federation Fina.
The clubs added: “It is our duty, as SLCo’s board members, to ensure that all reasonable actions available to protect the interests of the Competition and our stakeholders are duly taken, given the irreparable damage that would be suffered if, for any reason, we were deprived of the opportunity to form promptly the Competition and distribute the proceeds of the Grant.”