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Football Super League Replays Clash With UEFA in EU Court

  • EU court weighs possible antitrust breaches by soccer bodies
  • Spanish court seeks judges’ view on ‘barriers’ by UEFA, FIFA
A Spanish league match between Real Madrid CF and Levante UD at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. 

A Spanish league match between Real Madrid CF and Levante UD at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. 

Photographer: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

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One of the most disruptive moments in European football is being replayed in the region’s top court this week where planners of a rebel league including elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus accuse the sport’s governing bodies of illegally upending their breakaway.

Lawyers for the company behind the short-lived European Super League told the European Union’s Court of Justice that UEFA and FIFA -- organizers of the multibillion-euro Champions League and World Cup -- colluded to create an “insurmountable barrier” to a new tournament, in flagrant breach of competition law.