The fact that the case went through a local Brussels court after the European Commission decided it had no merit had two implications, UEFA argued. One was that yes the Belgium court to rule on the matter, but two, that had no impact on the workings of the EC. If it had then “first instance” courts across Europe could cause havoc.
Here is a translation from the Belgium press today supplied by Walter…
The European Court of Justice will not investigate the rules of FFP that Uefa has implemented on European football clubs. A Belgian civil court from Brussels had sent the case to Luxembourg a month ago.
The European court of Justice has found the request manifestly inadmissible because the court in Brussels declared itself incompetent in this case. On top of that the Belgian court didn’t give the needed evidence to support the case. Therefore the European court in Luxembourg has scrapped the Striani-case from their agenda.
And so, one may say, that’s that, at least until someone else has more money to throw at the case.
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