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‘Nobody has a monopoly on football’ | ESL failure leaves governance questions untested

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin and Uefa general secretary Theodore Theodoridis arrive for a Uefa congress to discuss the European Super League breakaway plot. ((Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images).

Even as the European Super League project floundered in the face of political and public opposition, its architects claimed it was 'fully aligned' with the law. Ben Cronin asks legal experts to assess the legal merits of the breakaway plot and asks what it means for the European sports model.

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