The Portuguese Competition Authority issues a fine of €11.3M, to be spread between 31 football clubs, over no-poach agreements (Futebol Clube do Porto / Sport Lisboa e Benfica / Sporting Clube de Portugal...)

AdC issues sanctioning decision for anticompetitive agreement in the labor market for the first time* The AdC has sanctioned for the first time in Portugal an anti-competitive practice in the labor market. In this case, the 31 sports companies participating in the 2019/2020 edition of the First and Second Leagues and the Portuguese Professional Football League (LPFP) were sanctioned for having entered into a competition restrictive agreement preventing the recruitment by First and Second League clubs of players who unilaterally terminated their employment contract invoking issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Known as 'no-poach' agreements, these are horizontal agreements between companies, whereby they agree not to hire or make spontaneous offers to each other’s workers.

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Portuguese Competition Authority, The Portuguese Competition Authority issues a fine of €11.3M, to be spread between 31 football clubs, over no-poach agreements (Futebol Clube do Porto / Sport Lisboa e Benfica / Sporting Clube de Portugal...), 29 April 2022, e-Competitions April 2022, Art. N° 107175

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