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US Soccer Is Sued For Conspiring With FIFA To Blocking Foreign Official Matches in US

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 17 – U.S. Soccer Federation is being sued for anti-competitive collusion with FIFA to block Relevant Sports LLC from sponsoring games including of La Liga players in the US.

   On June 17 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Valerie E. Caproni held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. Among the questions was whether FIFA constitutes an indispensable party under Rule 19(b).

  Judge Caproni asking about remedies; she said, The competition that is being thwarted is the competition that would otherwise be provided to US soccer teams by foreign teams being permitted to play in the US - there is a separate market for friendlies. 

  Judge Caproni asked plaintiffs' lawyer: Your Ecuadorian match, you could have gone forward, no? 

  The lawyer answered, They said, only if you get USSF sanction. FIFA does not sanction in US, it authorizes USSF as co-conspirator to sanction.

The case is Relevent Sports, LLC v. United States Soccer Federation, Inc., 19-cv-8359 (Caproni). 


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