Swedish Professional Football Leagues takes note on the European Court of Justice verdict regarding the Super League case and works actively together with the European Leagues to analyze the decision.
“Swedish Professional Football Leagues and the European Leagues have for many years fought to ensure that performance on the pitch should always form the basis of qualification for competitions”, says Simon Åström, chair of Swedish Professional Football Leagues.
Swedish Professional Football Leagues is a member of the European Leagues and acts there as a representative for Allsvenskan and Superettan. Swedish Professional Football Leagues and all other members of the European Leagues unanimously believe that it is important to protect the basic principles of openness and that qualification for international club competitions should take place via annual domestic competitions.
“Sportsmanship must be what determines who plays at different levels, that is, each club must have the opportunity on the field to earn their right to play at the very highest level”, says Simon Åström.
Domestic competitions like Allsvenskan and Superettan are at the heart of supporters’ passion for football. The unique scheduling and their invaluable contribution to local communities permeates the entire football pyramid and must be protected.
Projects like the Super League threatens the structure of European football and that risk eroding the very essence of the sporting values, and that it risks increasing the financial differences between big and small.
The progress of professional club football is dependent on a complementary balance between domestic leagues and international club competitions. We are committed to actively continuing to work with all stakeholders to help professional club football in Europe become stronger than ever.