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Expensive mistakes: Why European sports need to be on top of State aid law - Clayton & Segura

Expensive mistakes: Why European sports need to be on top of State aid law - Clayton & Segura
Friday, 09 April 2021

Marianne Clayton and Maria Segura are specialist State aid lawyers and experts who represent sports organisations on State aid cases. Both have worked in senior positions at the Competition and State Aid Directorate of the EFTA Surveillance Authority (Maria - Former Deputy Director, Marianne - Former Senior Officer).

In this interview Marianne and Maria talk to Sean Cottrell, LawInSport CEO and Chris Bond, LawInSport Editorial Director, about:

1:44 - What State aid law is and how it applies to the sports sector and if its legal principals apply elsewhere or are they unique to the EU

9:11 - How proactive can sports clubs be when it comes to state aid and should they question state aid rules

12:28 - An overview of the Valencia and Elche cases

18:58 - An overview of the Real Madrid, Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao and Club Atlético Osasuna cases 

22:43 - The effect State aid has on trading between member states

26:05 - How Covid-19 has effected State aid


Mariane and Maria have written two articles with a more detailed analysis on State aid here:  

A Guide To How 'State Aid' Law Works In The EU Sports Sector

How EU 'State Aid' Law Has Adapted In The Time Of Covid-19 And What It Means For Sports

We thoroughly enjoyed the interview and took a lot away from it. We hope you do the same. 

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