We are thrilled to bring to your attention a webinar organized Associazione Italiana Avvocati dello Sport, Associação Portuguesa de Direito Desportivo and Asociación Española de Derecho Deportivo in cooperation with SSBM Geneva and other esteemed partners.
The upcoming webinar is titled “EU, SUPER LEAGUE, ISU, AND HGPR – STILL (FALSE) FRIENDS?”.
This event promises to be a profound exploration into the recent landmark judgments by the Court of Justice in the Super League, ISU, and Royal Antwerp Football Club (UEFA Home Grown Players Rules) cases.
Participation is FREE, but registration is mandatory. Secure your spot by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 21 December 2023 the Court of Justice delivered three landmark judgements in the Super League, ISU, and Royal Antwerp Football Club (UEFA Home Grown Players Rules) cases.
In the Super League case the Court found that the FIFA and UEFA provisions making any new interclub football competition such as the Super League subject to their prior approval, and prohibiting clubs and players from playing in those competition, are against EU law to the extent that there is no framework for substantive criteria and detailed procedural rules for ensuring that those rules are transparent, objective, precise and non discriminatory.
In the ISU case the Court reached the same conclusions on the ISU’s prior authorization of skating competitions and added that the CAS arbitration clause shall be regarded as reinforcing the anticompetitive nature of ISU’s eligibility rules to the extent that the Court having jurisdiction to review the CAS awards cannot confirm that those awards comply with Articles 101 and 102 TFEU and is not entitled, or required, to refer a question to the ECJ under Article 267 TFEU.
In the Royal Antwerp Football Club case the Court found that the UEFA’s HGPR may infringe Article 101 TFEU if it is established, first, that this rule has either as its object or its effect the restriction of competition between professional football clubs, unless, in the second of those scenarios, it is demonstrated that the rule can be justified.