The EU Court of Justice rules that a football club received illegal State aid and sets aside the judgment of the General Court (Fùtbol Club Barcelona)

On 4 March 2021, the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") handed down its much awaited judgment in the Fùtbol Club Barcelona ("FCB") case. It set aside the judgment of the General Court. As a result, the European Commission's decision classifying as State aid a tax scheme that was available to four Spanish professional football clubs has been reinstated. What you need to know – key takeaways Aid schemes must be assessed by reference to circumstances at the time they are adopted even if they are examined by the European Commission after they have been put into effect. Where a "tax aid scheme applies on an annual or

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Denis Waelbroeck, The EU Court of Justice rules that a football club received illegal State aid and sets aside the judgment of the General Court (Fùtbol Club Barcelona), 4 March 2021, e-Competitions April 2021 - II, Art. N° 99972

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