Almost a year ago, the announcement of the launch of a private and semi-private Superleague sparked a wide front of rejection from fans, sports organizations, the media and government agencies, precipitating the project’s fiasco.
However, it is clear that this wave of indignation had almost no future. Hyperclubs and their superstars once again celebrated without a trace, as in France the transfer of Lionel Messi to PSG. Cognitive dissonance or political inconsistency?
Super Leagues on revival
It remained to be hoped that state authorities, especially European ones, would get down to business and think about how to stop the unbridled hype that had lasted for several decades, that is, to regulate the football industry, give away the geopolitical goals of others to greed, artificially widening the gap in economic and sports relics.
Today, the leaders of Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona continue to work on their Super League project, announcing a barely redesigned version, and UEFA is unlikely to capitalize on reports of exceptionally favorable forces.
Everything seems to hang on the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union taken by the Spanish court to determine whether UEFA and FIFA are abusing their dominant position by opposing the Super League project in violation of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Union forbidding monopolies.
Pending a decision that may not come before the end of the year and could trigger an earthquake that would make the decision in the Bosman case look like a sin, the issue is highly political and needs to be further politicized.
This is the goal of the European Civic Initiative (ECI), coordinated by Football Supporters Europe, which invites “turn the outrage, solidarity and shared vision expressed in the face of the Super League into a clear, practical and long-term action plan at European level.”
One minute to sign
This ICE calls “The Commission to adopt a recommendation providing a framework and guidelines for action by Member States to:
1. protect the football model in Europe;
2. recognize the social value of sport in European society;
3. recognize the special nature of sport in the EU competition rules;
4. Strengthen the EU’s long-term vision and policy for the future and governance of European sport.”
In paragraph 3, we acknowledge the old aspiration for a “European sporting exclusion” which was already promoted in the early 2000s by France and Italy, but which only resulted in empty words attached to European treaties, with no specific translation.
However, this would strengthen the role of the confederations as football governments, but would require them to fully exercise these prerogatives. Then it would be possible to introduce real rules, protect the openness and fairness of competitions, preserve the roots of clubs in their territories, give fans the right to vote, etc.
If the ECI reaches one million signatures, the European Commission must decide what action to take in favor of the new legislation. Its signing takes less than a minute: one minute will help stop the liberalization of football for thirty years.
“Sport is a public good that belongs to everyone, not just the rich and the elite. Now more than ever, it is important that European Union institutions, Member States and politicians work together with fans and concerned citizens to protect football and other sports on the continent.”