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'Win It On The Pitch’ - EC Registers European Citizens’ Initiative To Protect European Sports Model

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Monday, 28 February 2022 By Anand Patel, Karolis Pocius, Irfan Allana

The European Commission has registered a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) entitled “Win It On The Pitch1. The initiative calls on the Commission to protect a European model of sport “based on values, solidarity, sustainability and open competition”.

Following a year in which “fan power” has shown itself to be more than capable2  of bringing about change in sport, it’s notable that the ECI was notified by an executive director of Football Supporters Europe (FSE): a football fan network and representative body of supporters in the UEFA region.

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Anand Patel

Anand Patel

Managing Associate, Linklaters

Anand Patel is a competition/antitrust and disputes lawyer at Linklaters and editor of the firm’s sports law blog, SportingLinks. He focuses on all aspects of EU and UK competition law, with experience in London, Brussels and New York. His practice covers a range of sectors, including sports, pharmaceuticals, energy and TMT.

Karolis Pocius

Karolis Pocius

Associate, Linklaters

Karolis is a Brussels-based competition lawyer specialising in all areas of competition law, including anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominance and merger control.

Irfan Allana

Irfan Allana

Irfan is an associate in Linklaters’ Employment and Incentives team in London, having previously worked in the firm’s Brussels office. He particularly enjoys working with clients in the sports sector and on Diversity & Inclusion issues.

Comments (1)

  • Tiago Gomes

    • 02 March 2022 at 18:35
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    Very interesting piece. Kudos! I look forward for the next chapers of this discussion.


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