The Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt declares the national football association’s regulation on the placement of players is partially void on the grounds that some provisions are anticompetitive (DFB - German Football Association)

In November 2021, the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt (the “Court”) declared the German Football Association’s (Deutscher Fußball-Bund, “DFB”) Regulation for the Placement of Players (“RPP”) partially void. However, the players’ agents who had filed the lawsuit may eventually find this a rather pyrrhic victory, as the Court has cast a rather wide protective shield over the DFB and, potentially, sports associations in general. In the following, we briefly review the case and point out its significance for the application of competition law. Background of the case The case concerned German professional football and the application of the RPP. The RPP contains rules on the registration of agents acting on behalf of professional football players as well as their reporting and compliance

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Christian Ritz, Dennis Cukurov, The Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt declares the national football association’s regulation on the placement of players is partially void on the grounds that some provisions are anticompetitive (DFB - German Football Association), 30 November 2021, e-Competitions November 2021, Art. N° 108220

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