A Spanish commercial court on Tuesday ordered the World and European soccer bodies, Fifa and Uefa not to interfere in European Super League plans.
In a preliminary ruling, the court said the two organizations and all associated football federations must not put “any measure that prohibits, restricts, limits or conditions in any way” the creation of the Super League.
Recall that both Fifa and Uefa had threatened to sanctions clubs and players competing in the new league, which has been set up as a rival to European soccer body Uefa’s established Champions League.
Three of the 12 breakaway clubs are based in Spain – Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. The other nine are based in England and Italy.
It aims is to have around 15 founding members and a 20-team league, with five other clubs qualifying each season.
The founding members would have their participation guaranteed, taking away the jeopardy of relegation and ensuring their year-on-year participation in the lucrative league.
However, the move has been met by global criticism, with various players, coaches, club owners and fans voicing their disapproval of it.
On Monday, Leeds United players wore T-shirts branded ‘Champions League: Earn It and Football is for the Fans’.
The 12 founding clubs are; AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur.