As requested by the judge in charge of the Super League case, UEFA dropped legal action against the founding clubs of the breakaway competition late Monday night.
However, in a statement released by European football’s governing body, UEFA aim to remove judge Manuel Ruiz de Lara due to his lack of impartiality, in their view.
“The present motion for recusal arises because there are objectively justified doubts that allow us to maintain that the Honourable Judge Mr. Manuel Ruiz de Lara, appointed to hear the case, does not behave with the due impartiality required of any Judge or Magistrate in the exercise of his jurisdictional function, evidencing a clear bias towards the claims of the claimant European Super League Company S.L.,” UEFA’s statement read.
UEFA then made three main points to back up their belief that the judge acted impartially:
- (a) The participation of the Honourable Magistrate in the lecture “Cases of abuse of dominant position; SUPER LEAGUE CASE”, within the programme JORNADAS JURÍDICAS POR LA PALABRA, to be held in Bilbao on 15 October, of which UEFA has learned recently.
- (b) The disconcerting decisions taken on 14 September, by virtue of which it was agreed to hold the hearing of precautionary measures in conditions that appear to be clearly hasty -one of the parties, FIFA, has not been summoned as of today, and another party, La Liga, has not had the opportunity to present its opposition to precautionary measures that have a direct impact on it.
- (c) The Judgement of September 20, 2021, which literally states that the defendant consolidates anticompetitive practices.
UEFA also denounced the “surprising, unusual and – we dare we say – unprecedented speed” with which the precautionary measures were adopted.