En Tuesday afternoon there was a meeting of the 27 member states of the European Union where a series of points were held that have a lot to do with the European Super League. EU sports ministers have adopted a EU Council resolution on a European Sports Model. The Resolution, approved unanimously, calls for strengthening in Europe values-based organized sport and is protected from threats such as closed competitions (Superliga).
This meeting has had several reasons for it to take place. One of the consequences is the recent support for the European Sports Model by the European Parliament and the European Commission. The EU Council Resolution is a milestone that will shape European sport in the coming decades. UEFA is satisfied with the results and the determination of the sports ministers to reach the agreement and welcomes the vision of the Council of the EU for the future of European sports policy.
The EU member states expressly confirm the key features of a European Sports Model. For example, him open promotion and relegation system, a grassroots and solidarity approach, the role of sport in national identity… The EU Council Resolution echoes the recent positions of the European Parliament and the Commission and rejects closed competitions as the ‘super league’ attempt.
Super League statement
Anas Laghrari y John Hahn, promoters of the European Super League proposal, declared:
“We celebrate today’s resolution. What the Council is asking for is fully in line with what the European Super League is. The Super League understands that both the fans and the authorities want an open competition and a sports pyramid that works. The Super League has addressed this issue. Any future competition will ensure full respect for these principles.
The statement rightly recognizes that “organized sport in Europe has been facing internal and external threats, such as cases of bad governance, corruption, sports manipulation, financial instability, human rights violations, doping, racism, violence, inequality for no reason. gender, increased marketing and a tendency to buy young athletes rather than train them. ”
The main objective of the Super League proposal is precisely to protect European football against these abuses, among other things, ensuring long-term sustainability, through a transparent and effective governance system for clubs and investing in women’s football by developing a Women’s Super League.
The statement also notes that “financial solidarity is a key characteristic of value-based organized sport.” We are totally agreed. The Super League has promised to carry out minimum annual payments of 400 million euros to grassroots football, which will grow with income. This amount is more than three times higher than that currently provided by the UEFA Champions League. Throughout the initial period of the contract, this commitment will exceed 10,000 million euros. It is a real investment on the ground that will produce tangible results.
We also wholeheartedly support the Council’s recognition of the “paramount importance of organized sport (…) complying with the principles of good governance and respecting national, international and EU law”, as well as the Council’s calls for sports federations to reconcile “in a democratic, balanced and cohesive way, the interests of athletes, clubs, leagues, fans and other stakeholders”.
Unfortunately, this is not the current reality of European football, as the effects of the UEFA monopoly are diametrically opposed to those objectives. UEFA is the sole regulator, operator and promoter of European club football, which violates the principles of the EU and its competition policy. UEFA assumes the power to approve the entry of new competitors to its own activity in which it has a dominant position, blocking any initiatives of third parties that compete with its monopoly in the European Union.
Sport represents 2% of EU GDP and 3% of employment. Delegating the management of our biggest sporting events to organizations outside the EU also means that we are losing some of the financial benefits.
Finally, we welcome the Council’s calls to take into account “new approaches and stakeholders” within the future evolution of sport in Europe, as the Super League is bringing long-needed innovation to European club football. We remain available to the institutions of the European Union and all European football stakeholders to engage in a constructive dialogue, address the above issues and find the best solutions for football as a whole. ”