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)

Après avoir examiné des affaires concernant les aides d’État accordées aux clubs de football professionnels de Barcelone, Bilbao, d’Alicante (Trib. UE, 26 févr. 2019, Athletic Club, aff. T-679/16, EU:T:2019:112, Trib. UE, 26 févr. 2019, Fútbol Club Barcelona, aff. T-865/16, EU:T:2019:113, Trib. UE, 22 mars 2019, Hércules Club de Fútbol, aff. T-766/16, EU:T:2019:173, comm. R. Vuitton, Concurrences no 2-2019, pp. 133-137), et de Madrid (Trib. UE, 22 mai 2019, Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, aff. T-791/16, EU:T:2019:346, comm. R. Vuitton, Concurrence n°3-2019, pp. 137-139), le Tribunal a été amené à se pencher, dans les arrêts sous commentaire, sur des avantages prétendument accordés aux clubs de Valence et de Elche. Le contexte dans lequel s’inscrivent les affaires ayant donné lieu à ces derniers arrêts est

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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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