Gravina is also under siege in Europe

The anti-Super League rule may violate EU law.

«Anyone who gets promoted to the Super League gets away from everything». It still is: “There is a federal rule that those who join this world leave the federal football system. Membership remains free, but we are already arguing internally about the available dates for the championship». You remember the words of Gabriele Gravina Did the European Court of Justice ruling on the Super League just come out? We did it very well, and as soon as we read it, we immediately turned up our noses and wondered if and how, after such a sentence, the President of the FIGC could explain this and, above all, pursue these intentions.

In fact, the above-mentioned court decided this on December 21, 2023 The FIFA and UEFA rules for prior approval of football competitions between clubs, such as the Super League in contradiction to EU lawE. In short: Nothing and no one can prevent a club from freely participating in a new competition and this cannot under any circumstances constitute grounds for exclusion. A pretty clear statement for everyone except Gravina, who now risks having to pay the price for the harsh setback on this matter.

In fact, on January 18, Toine Manders, a Dutch MEP from the EPP, gave a talk a question to the European Parliament (which will be the subject of discussion shortly) aptly titled: “Criteria of the Italian Football Federation in violation of the judgment of the EU Court of Justice in case C-333/21“. Essentially, the MP asked for clarification on the FIGC rule (actually introduced in 2021), which appears in black and white in the document on national licenses 2024/25 approved by the Federal Council in December.

However “The court found that the organization of football competitions between clubs is an economic activity that must respect the rules of competition and freedom of movement. The FIFA and UEFA rules that authorize, control or penalize members participating in other competitions such as the Super League are a unacceptable restriction on freedom to provide services». So Manders asked:

“Does the Commission agree that the FIGC criteria conflict with EU law? Do you intend to take the necessary measures to inform the FIGC of this unlawful behavior? What measures does it intend to take? What happens if the FIGC, even after being alerted, does not respect EU law?”

Toine Manders in the European Parliament

That's it the norm claimed by Gravina (also vice president of UEFA) and is intended to show Ceferin the maximum Italian commitment to the protection of UEFA, would be considered illegitimate. A rule that, as we remember, requires a written commitment from the participants of the Serie A league «not to participate in competitions organized by private associations not recognized by FIFA, UEFA and FIGC». And what was mentioned by Gravina himself, who expressed himself like this: «There is a federal rule according to which those who belong to this world (the Super League, ed.) leaves the football system»

Gravina's defense attempted to resolve this issue The FIGC did not impose any sanctions especially for participation in the Super League, but introduced a new requirement to register for the championships. If an Italian club decides to join the Super League, the football association will rely on internal regulations that prevent registration and revoke affiliation. A bureaucratic formality that, however, leaves the time it finds: depriving a team of membership, as he writes The truth If you get to the heart of Manders' point of view, and not just him, it is actually more of a sanction than a requirement. It is precisely on this point that the Commission will be called upon to clarify. Out of fear of Gravina and the FIGC.

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