UEFA suffered a court defeat on Thursday when the European Court of Justice ruled that the football governing body had broken EU law by abusing its “dominant position” to stifle the Super League. However, the Super League’s attempt to launch a new competition with 64 teams was met with scorn and rejection. Only Real Madrid and Barcelona are still publicly attached to the project. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin sarcastically stated that he hoped the competition would start soon with just two clubs. The Super League project had collapsed in 2021 after backlash from fans and threats of expulsion from competitions by UEFA.
A22 Sports Management, the promoters of the Super League, responded to the court ruling by promising to launch a new project that would challenge UEFA’s monopoly. The new plan would include promotion and relegation within the competition and free video streaming to fans. However, many big clubs, including Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham, stated their commitment to UEFA competitions and would not support the new Super League venture. Bayern Munich also confirmed that the door to the Super League remains closed. Only Real Madrid and Barcelona maintained their support for the project.
Football Supporters Europe (FSE), an umbrella lobby group, voiced their opposition to the Super League and pledged to continue fighting against it. They believe that the closed league would harm smaller teams and the future of European football. Despite the court ruling in favor of the Super League, the project remains unpopular among fans.