FXE Futbol sues David Beckham's MLS team, Inter Miami
Since Beckham's franchise was unveiled, the lawsuits against him have not stopped, and this time FXE Futbol wants to halt the demolition of Lockhart Stadium.
In the lawsuit, FXE is alleging that the city violated state laws during the selection process between the two bids (Inter Miami and FXE Futbol) made for the land at Lockhart Stadium.
The indictment states that representatives of Inter Miami gave a false statement regarding the amount of asbestos/mould at Lockhart Stadium, testimony that marked the course in favour of Beckham's group in the process that grants them permission for the demolition of the venue.
In March, Fort Lauderdale commissioners gave the green light to Beckham and Jorge Mass' project, which will see the construction of a new sports complex with an 18,000-seat capacity.
FXE Managing Director John Paul Reynal argued that they worked on their process and project for two years, and after the bid by Beckham's group was approved, they felt undermined, stating that the commissioners rushed their decision.
Mayor Dean Trantalis said of this issue that FXE Futbol had not obtained the same commitment from their league that Beckham's franchise had, which is why it was hard for them not to accept the English former player's proposal.
What would happen if the lawsuit proceeds?
This legal ordeal represents a serious problem for Beckham and company as it is an injunction to stop Lockhart Stadium's demolition. That would prevent the new MLS franchise from calling this place home as they intended for the first years of the club, which could leave them looking for a new location or delay their Major League Soccer debut.