Written Question: Competition law and creation of a Football Super League
Date submitted: 20 April 2021Question for written answer E-002130/2021
to the Commission
Hélène Laporte (ID)
Subject: Competition law and creation of a Football Super League
Twelve leading European football clubs have announced that they intend to create a closed competition to be known as the Super League.
The tournament would be in direct competition with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League, which would see a drastic fall in revenue.
At the end of 2017, the Commission’s Directorate General for Competition, which is responsible for enforcing Europe’s competition rules, validated the 2014 creation in Dubai of a private tournament by Icederby International, a Korean private company that had not been recognised by the International Skating Union.
The Court of Justice of the European Union confirmed this decision in December 2020.
- Does the Commission intend to apply the same competition rules to a Football Super League as it does to speed skaters?
- Does the Commission intend to examine whether UEFA’s threats to dissident clubs – that they would be excluded from national tournaments, from European tournaments as of the following season and that any players who participate in this new competition would be left out of the selection for the national team – comply with European law?