The EU Court of Justice further relaxes the standards of review of “aid schemes” and annuls the General Court’s judgment on Spanish football clubs (Fútbol Club Barcelona)

On 4 March 2021, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) delivered another interesting judgment (Case C-362/19 P) in the “Spanish football club saga”, which set aside the General Court’s (“GC”) judgment of 26 February 2019, Fútbol Club Barcelona v Commission (Case T-865/16, the “judgment under appeal”), and nonetheless rejected the application for annulment at first instance as unfounded. The case concerns State aid granted by Spain to certain football clubs as a result of the seventh amendment to its 1990 Law on Sport. This Law required Spanish professional sports clubs to change their legal form into public limited sports companies (“SLCs”). However, it provided an exception for professional sports clubs that had achieved a positive financial balance during the financial years preceding the

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  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

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Markus Wellinger, Francesco Pili, The EU Court of Justice further relaxes the standards of review of “aid schemes” and annuls the General Court’s judgment on Spanish football clubs (Fútbol Club Barcelona), 4 March 2021, e-Competitions April 2021 - II, Art. N° 100258

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