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SZIJJÁRTÓ: GOVT SUPPORTS OPEN, MERIT-BASED COMPETITION IN EUROPEAN SOCCER

 

The government supports preserving the open and merit-based system of competition in European soccer, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Tuesday. Hungary will intervene in support of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) in a case going before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) against an initiative to set up a European Super League.
Szijjártó said after talks with UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin: “It adds spice to the life of soccer — at international level too — when unexpected developments arise, regardless of the budgets of clubs or the quality of players …. [and] the initiative launched by some European top clubs dubbed Super League would kill this magic off.”
“They would create a closed system of competition that cannot be entered based on merit, only on a financial basis,” he added.
The Hungarian government will send a representative to a hearing to be held between July 10 and 12 in a case concerning the Super League at the CJEU.