Judge dismisses Relevent Sports lawsuit against U.S. Soccer, FIFA over international league games in the U.S.

Judge dismisses Relevent Sports lawsuit against U.S. Soccer, FIFA over international league games in the U.S.

A federal judge dismissed Relevent Sports’ lawsuit against the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF), which alleged the organizations had conspired to benefit Major League Soccer by sealing off the United States market from competition.

Relevent Sports, which is owned by Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross and operates the International Champions Cup soccer exhibition series, has been engaged in a nearly two-year litigation struggle to prove that U.S. Soccer illegally worked with FIFA to keep regular-season games played by foreign clubs out of the United States.

Judge Valerie Caproni was having none of it.

“Plaintiff alleges that USSF admitted that it will not sanction Plaintiff’s proposed games `because of its agreement to follow the FIFA geographic market division policy,’” Caproni ruled.

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