An expert lawyer has warned European Super League clubs have a good chance of winning any legal battle with UEFA if football’s governing body tries to block plans for the breakaway competition.
Legal fights between governing bodies and upstart competitions have been fought before, with courts recently coming down on the side of promoting more competition in wrestling and ice skating, among others.
According to Mark Orth, an expert in sports competition law, the European Super League will win UEFA and FIFA in court based on competition law and precedents set in previous cases.
“I am of the opinion they have a strong case,” Orth told Daily Mail.
“The court is the right way to go. They have a good chance of winning. There are good prospects for the start of the Super League and the clubs that take part.”
Orth claims UEFA will lose any battle to stop the formation of the European Super League in court due to the monopoly they have over football and based his argument on the fact that two European courts have now passed judgements overturning similar moves by other sporting federations, making the threat by football’s governing bodies appear hollow.
“If a monopolist is allowed to prohibit the generation of competition, then you do not need competition law at all,” he added.
“If that is allowed it touches on the fundamentals of competition law. There should be an opportunity to open the market.
“What if Amazon just assumed it could introduce exclusivity for dealers saying if you are offering your goods on any other online platform you are excluded from our platform. There would be an outcry.”
“When you apply competition law it should not be influenced by political considerations,” said Orth.