Join us for a round table co-organized by GLawNet
and the Asser Institute at the Campus Brussels of the Maastricht University (Avenue de Tervueren 153, 1150 Brussels) just one day after the publication of the Opinion of
Advocate General Rantos in the European Super League (ESL) case. The discussion between academics and stakeholders will focus on the role played by the
EU, as well as the role it
ought to play, in determining
the way football is organised and governed.
In 2021, the
announcement of the creation of a breakaway European Super League
(ESL), as well as the drama of its early demise, stunned the world.
Since then, the company behind the ESL and UEFA (as well as FIFA) are
locked into a legal battle that will soon come to an end at the Court of
Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Following the preliminary
questions raised by a Spanish court, the CJEU will weigh in on whether
UEFA and FIFA breached EU competition law with their attempts to thwart
the emergence of the ESL. It will not be the first time that the
governing bodies of football, both Swiss associations, face scrutiny
before the EU courts - many will remember the 1995 Bosman ruling.
However, this time around various stakeholders and observers are calling
for the EU to not only referee this particular dispute, but to as well
start playing a stronger governance role by regulating European
15:00 – 15:05 Opening: Mariolina Eliantonio (Maastricht University)
15:05 – 16:30 - Roundtable: Governing European Football: What role for the European Union?
Moderator: Carlo Colombo (Maastricht University)
This is an In-Person event only and will take place at the Campus Brussels of the Maastricht University (Avenue de Tervueren 153, 1150 Brussels). If you wish to attend, please register HERE.