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Joint SWPL, SPFL, and Scottish FA Statement – 21st December

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The Scottish FA, SPFL and SWPL note today’s judgment in the European Court of Justice case involving the European Superleague Company, FIFA and UEFA. We will now take time to examine fully its implications for the game in Scotland.

It is important to note that the judgement does not endorse the so-called ‘European Super League’, nor any other breakaway competition that severs the crucial link between domestic league football and European competitions. Football supporters across Scotland, the UK and Europe have time and again made clear their opposition to such a concept.

The Scottish FA, SPFL and SWPL support the principle of open competition – earning it on the pitch – both in domestic and international club competitions. Football thrives on the competitiveness created by promotion and relegation, and the annual merit-based qualification from domestic leagues and cups to European club competitions, with weekends being reserved exclusively for domestic football. We continue to support both UEFA and its cup competitions.

Alongside the member leagues of the European Leagues, the Scottish FA, SPFL and SWPL will continue to engage in open and constructive dialogue, with all relevant football stakeholders, on how best to protect and enhance the complementary balance of domestic and international club football.