The EU Court of Justice AG Rantos issues an opinion suggesting that prior approval rules by sports-governing bodies do not conflict with EU competition law (ESLC / UEFA / FIFA)

On 15 December 2022, Advocate General (“AG”) Rantos issued an opinion in the European Superleague Company case in which he recommended that the FIFA-UEFA rules on the prior approval of new sports competitions should be held to be compatible with Articles 101 and 102 TFEU. The AG considered that, whilst the European Superleague Company (“ESLC”) is entitled to establish its own independent football competition, it cannot do so and participate in the competitions organised by FIFA and UEFA without obtaining the latter’s prior approval (Case C-333/21, European

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  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Steve Ross, Richard Burton, The EU Court of Justice AG Rantos issues an opinion suggesting that prior approval rules by sports-governing bodies do not conflict with EU competition law (ESLC / UEFA / FIFA), 15 December 2022, e-Competitions January 2023 - II, Art. N° 110694

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