Common ownership of sports teams: Gloucester RFC case confirms the principles from "ENIC" decision
Published 19 May 2017 By: Phil Bonner
Under the terms of the proposed investment, Mr Altrad would have purchased a 45% stake in the Cherry and Whites, who compete in the Aviva Premiership and progressed to the final of the 2016/17 edition of the European Rugby Challenge Cup, European Rugby Union’s second tier competition.
However, the board of Premiership Rugby was reported to have voted to restrict that investment to just 20%, despite Mr Altrad having already scaled down his original plan to purchase a 55% stake in Gloucester RFC to 45%.
This article examines the issue of common ownership of clubs in rugby and European football. Specifically, it looks at:
- Why Premiership Rugby was only prepared to allow a 20% investment by Mr Altrad in Gloucester RFC;
- How common ownership of football clubs is dealt with by UEFA (a look at the principles from the “ENIC” case);
- How common ownership of football clubs is dealt with in England (a look at the Owners and Directors Test); and
- The English Football League’s 2013 decision to place limits on loan transfers (the Watford FC example).
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- Tags: English Football League | Football | France | Governance | Owners and Directors | Premier League | Premiership Rugby | Regulation | United Kingdom (UK)
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