The Belgian Competition Authority rules that a national football association’s conditions to obtain a professional licence are prima facie incompatible with competition law and orders interim measures (Virton / RBFA)

On 19 November 2020, the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) ordered interim measures against the Royal Belgian Football Association (“RBFA”) following a request filed by the professional football club Royal Excelsior Virton (“RE Virton”). The BCA considered that the RBFA’s refusal to grant a licence to RE Virton was based on rules that were prima facie incompatible with competition law. As a result, RE Virton was allowed to submit a new licence application in order to re-enter the first division league for the 2021-2022 season. I. The parties RE Virton is a Belgian football club created in 1992. At the time of the dispute, RE Virton played in first division B (D1B) of the Belgian league. The RBFA (formerly known as Union Royale Belge des Sociétés de Football Association) is the

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Sandrine Mathieu, Guillaume Azevedo Mendes, The Belgian Competition Authority rules that a national football association’s conditions to obtain a professional licence are prima facie incompatible with competition law and orders interim measures (Virton / RBFA), 19 November 2020, e-Competitions December 2020, Art. N° 101393

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