A New Deal for Professional Football in the EU

In support of clubs and football agents applying on their own initiative high standards of good governance, this note calls for EU legislative intervention to level the regulatory and supervisory playing fields to create a true internal market for football agents and professional football clubs with acceptable minimum levels of good governance for all.
Author(s):
Robby Houben, Steve Nuyts
book | published | 1st edition
April 2021 | x + 52 pp.

Paperback
€25.-


ISBN 9781839701436

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This note sets out the key features of a new deal for professional football in the EU. Professional football in the EU is nowadays characterized by unlevelled regulatory and supervisory playing fields. These unlevelled playing fields hinder the establishment and functioning of the internal market and create a legal uncertain environment for professional football clubs and football agents, active in the most practised, mediatised and commercialized sport in the world. In support of clubs and football agents applying on their own initiative high standards of good governance, this note calls for EU legislative intervention to level the regulatory and supervisory playing fields to create a true internal market for football agents and professional football clubs with acceptable minimum levels of good governance for all.

Table of Contents

Executive summary (p. 1)

Preliminary remarks (p. 3)

Introduction: Unlevelled playing fields in professional football (p. 7)

Who should level the playing field? (p. 17)

What should the level playing field look like? (p. 37)

Domestic intervention in Belgium (p. 47)

Concrete policy recommendations (p. 51)

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