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European Super League CEO issues response after EU blow: “Will continue working”



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European Court of Justice had recently issued an opinion on the Super League. Although the judicial body suggested that ESL have the right to conduct a separate breakaway league, it also upheld the rights of UEFA and FIFA.

The opinion, which was non-binding, suggested that these two footballing bodies are well within their rights to bar any ESL club from participating in competitions such as the Champions League and Europa League.

This served as a major blow for the ESL program, which is led by clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, with A22 Sports, which is the producer of this project.

In a recent summit, though, the ESL group offered its official response to the opinion of the European Court of Justice, suggesting that the idea of a breakaway league is still not dead. They also stressed the importance of commercializing football and having it compete with Netflix and other streaming platforms.

“This is not dead, far from it. It is very, very alive. The clubs want to be the owners of their own destiny and we will continue working for it. Also to the young people who ask for more important games,” said Bernd Reichart (h/t Mundo Deportivo), the CEO of A22 Sports.

“This sport no longer competes with cycling or basketball, but also with Netflix, Amazon Prime or HBO Max, and that is important,” Reichart added.

Responding to Juventus not attending the summit, the CEO stated, “Today Andrea Agnelli (former president of Juventus) has not come because his plane has not been able to leave Turin but contact is permanent.

“The fact that there are several clubs for sale shows that the system is broken but we continue to speak with new and old owners. With the rest of the clubs, we continue talking and working but we need to know the legal framework,” he added.

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