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EU: FIFA third-party ownership ban to EU competition authorities

 |  February 9, 2015

The Spanish and Portuguese professional football leagues announced on Monday their intention to challenge FIFA’s ban on third-party ownership of players to the European Union’s competition commission.

“The prohibition of third-party ownership constitutes an economic agreement that restricts the economic liberty of clubs, players and third parties without any justification or proportionality,” the leagues said in a joint statement.

The leagues claim that the complaint could lead to a multi-million euro fine for FIFA, as well as compensation for the clubs, players and third parties affected.


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