City AM quotes Darren Bailey on the European Super League and the upcoming hearing at the ECJ
Fifteen months on from its launch and swift collapse, the European Super League is to be the subject of a hearing at the European Court of Justice which could breathe new life into the controversial proposal – or kill off the plans for the foreseeable future.
Darren Bailey, Consultant, provides comment for City AM:
“The ramifications of the ECJ judgment for the future shape of football… cannot be underestimated".
Should the ECJ rule in favour of the governing bodies later this year, it would uphold the current European model of sport based on open competition.
If it backs the European Super League rebels, however, it could fragment football, leading to “rival tournaments being established by leading clubs supported by private equity partners, partially closed leagues being introduced and a radical new global calendar”.
“This is a big call for the ECJ with the world watching on and the implications of their decision on the globe’s biggest sport going well beyond the ‘free agency’ Jean Marc Bosman case in the 1990s".
Read the full article first published in City AM here.