Sport and competition law – the year in review 2020/21
Even before the announcement of a breakaway league, it had been an important year for competition law with significant updates since last year’s review. This chapter of the LawInSport yearbook:
- analyses the case of ISU v European Commission, a dispute that has been ongoing for seven years, the judgment for which is likely to impact sports governing bodies (“SGBs”) throughout Europe.
- discusses the application of competition law to SGBs’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic (it is difficult to do a review of the past year without referencing it).
- reviews the Belgian case of Virton concerning the implementation of financial regulations in football.
- discusses upcoming competition law cases relating to closed leagues that are likely to shape sport in the year ahead, especially in the aftermath of the doomed European Super League project.
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- Tags: Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Court of Arbitration for Sport | European Commission | European Court of Justice (ECJ) | European Football Association (UEFA) | European Leagues of Basketball (ULEB) | European Super League | Financial Regulation | General Court of the European Union | International Skating Union (ISU) | Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)
- Sport and competition law – the year in review 2019/20
- The EU General Court’s Ruling On Exclusive Arbitration Agreements In The ISU Case
- Why The ISU’s Eligibility Rules Breached Competition Law And What It Means For Sports Governing Bodies
- Doomed to Fail? An Analysis Of European Super League And The Complex Web Of Football Governance, Regulations & Laws
- Sports Disputes and Disciplinary Procedures - the Year in review 2020/21
About the Author
Benoît Keane specialises in European sports law. Based in Brussels, he acts in cases before the European Commission and European Court of Justice as well as in cases before national courts where there is an EU law dimension. He has participated in many of the leading European sports law cases of recent years, including the competition law cases relating to financial fair play, third party ownership and sports eligibility rules. He has also appeared as a legal expert on EU law before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Highlights of Ben’s work include large scale disputes pursuant to Rule K and the Managers’ Arbitration Tribunal, advising The FA in relation to an independent review of alleged non-recent child sexual abuse in football and concurrent civil claims, and acting for the governing bodies of tennis in relation to an independent review of integrity in the sport.