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Can I Please Have a Slice of Ronaldo?: The Legality of FIFA's ban on Third-Party Ownership under European Union Law
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Law.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6009-7412
2016 (English)In: The International Sports Law Journal, ISSN 1567-7559, Vol. 15, no 3-4, 137-148 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Trading football players is a massive, global business where several single trades have brought in more than $100 million in transfer fees. This has brought about a business practice where third-party investors provide or receive a share of the transfer fees, so-called third-party ownership. However, effective May 1, 2015, FIFA has imposed a worldwide ban on this practice. In the face of already-initiated legal challenges, this article considers whether the ban is compatible with European Union law. It finds that the ban violates both free movement rights and competition law and that FIFA would be well-served to consider a less restrictive measure.

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Springer, 2016. Vol. 15, no 3-4, 137-148 p.
Keyword [en]
third-party ownership, EU law, free movement of capital, competition law, football
Keyword [sv]
tredjepartsägande, EU-rätt, fri rörlighet för kapital, konkurrensrätt, fotboll
National Category
Law (excluding Law and Society)
Research subject
europarätt; Law
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-103827DOI: 10.1007/s40318-015-0075-7ISI: 000372734600002OAI: diva2:815732
Available from: 2015-06-01 Created: 2015-06-01 Last updated: 2016-07-28Bibliographically approved

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