CASE COMMENTS: STATE AID – EUROPEAN UNION - FOOTBALL – ADVANTAGE – GUARANTEE

Incompatible aid: The General Court of the European Union annuls the decision of the European Commission finding that guarantees granted by the Spanish public authorities to professional football clubs in the framework of bank loans taken out in order to proceed to an increase in their capital, are State aid incompatible with the internal market (Valencia Club de Fútbol, Elche Club de Fútbol)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. After examining cases concerning state aid granted to professional football clubs in Barcelona, Bilbao, Alicante (Trib. EU, 26 Feb. 2019, Athletic Club, Case T-679/16, EU:T:2019:112, Trib. EU, 26 Feb. 2019, Fútbol Club Barcelona, Case T-865/16, EU:T:2019:113, Trib. UE, 22 Mar. 2019, Hércules Club de Fútbol, case T-766/16, EU:T:2019:173, comm. R. Vuitton, Concurrencesno. 2-2019, pp. 133-137.), and Madrid (Trib. EU, 22 May 2019, Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, Case T-791/16, EU:T:2019:346, comm. R. Vuitton, Competition No. 3-2019, pp. 137-139.), the Court of First Instance was led to consider, in the judgments under comment, advantages allegedly granted to the Clubs

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Raphaël Vuitton, Incompatible aid: The General Court of the European Union annuls the decision of the European Commission finding that guarantees granted by the Spanish public authorities to professional football clubs in the framework of bank loans taken out in order to proceed to an increase in their capital, are State aid incompatible with the internal market (Valencia Club de Fútbol, Elche Club de Fútbol), 12 March 2020, Concurrences N° 2-2020, Art. N° 94511, pp. 150-153

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