Klopp likes that FIFA and UEFA 'get a bit of a shake' from Super League verdict

AP , Friday 22 Dec 2023

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp opposes the European Super League but said Friday he’s glad FIFA and UEFA “get a bit of a shake” from a court ruling that curbs their power.

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Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after his team's victory at the end of the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 20, 2023. Photo: AFP

 

The European Union’s top court ruled against the attempt by UEFA and FIFA to block plans for the breakaway competition.

The Premier League club issued a statement ahead of Klopp's press conference to reiterate its position that it is not involved in the Super League and will continue playing in UEFA competitions.

“I agree 100% with that statement, but I like the verdict anyway — just like it that we finally get a little bit of understanding that FIFA and UEFA and other FAs or whatever cannot just do what they want,” Klopp said.

“In football we have to talk about a lot of stuff and if you are just doing those things they do like putting in competitions with more games and nobody has a real say in it... I like that they get a bit of a shake — OK, you cannot exactly do what you want,” he added. “But no, Super League, same opinion like I had before.”

Thursday's ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union said soccer's governing bodies UEFA and FIFA acted contrary to EU competition law by blocking plans for a breakaway Super League.

Real Madrid and Barcelona have been leading the fight to get the new competition off the ground.

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