Burden of proof: The Advocate General Pitruzzella calls on the Court of Justice of the European Union to uphold the judgment of the General Court of the European Union in the case of the guarantee granted to a Spanish football club because the European Commission failed to meet the requirements regarding the burden of proof of the existence of an advantage (Valencia Club de Fútbol)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. On April 7, 2022, Advocate General Giovanni Pitruzzella presented his conclusions in Case C-211/20 (European Commission v. Valencia Club de Fútbol and Spain) on the Commission's appeal against the judgment of the Court of First Instance. The Valencia professional soccer club, which was in financial difficulties, received support from the Instituto Valenciano de Finanzas (IVF) - the financial institution of the government of the Autonomous Community of Valencia - which granted a guarantee to the Fundación Valencia, linked to the club, for a bank loan of €75 million, through which it acquired 70.6% of the shares of Valencia CF in a capital increase (measure

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