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Hercules Football Club scores in Luxembourg over Unlawful Spanish State Aid

We promised to provide updates on the saga involving Spain’s public funding of certain Spanish football clubs when we covered the first successful appeal of the European Commission (“EC”)’s decision on the subject.  This first update comes in favour of Hercules Football Club (“Hercules FC”) and annuls another aspect of the EC’s 2016 decision.  On … Continue Reading

Investigation into the equestrian show-jumping federation resulted in a welcomed settlement

The Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) has closed the ongoing investigation into the international governing body of equestrian sports, Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). The investigation was instigated after the competition prosecutor general at the BCA received complaints in 2015. In 2015, the Global Champions League (GCL) accused the FEI of imposing “exclusivity clauses” that prevented riders … Continue Reading

Tackling infringing content online: the latest development in EU policy

On 28 September, the European Commission released a Communication on tackling illegal online content, under the heading “Towards an enhanced responsibility of platforms”.  The communication sets out (non-legally-binding) guidelines for online platforms to move to “step up the fight” against illegal online content.  Tackling infringing content online is a well-recognised problem for the owners of … Continue Reading

Skating on thin ice? European Commission challenges compatibility of ISU eligibility rules with EU competition rules

The European Commission announced on 27 September 2016 that it had sent a formal “statement of objections” to the International Skating Union, alleging that the ISU’s rule banning skaters from taking part in unauthorised speed skating events and subject to a lifetime ban sanction, infringes the prohibition of anticompetitive agreements in Article 101(1) of the … Continue Reading
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