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Parliamentary questions
7 August 2017
P-005182-17
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Paul Tang (S&D)

 Subject:  Complaint by the Spanish football league (La Liga) regarding the transfer system
 Answer(s) 

On 3 August 2017 the newspaper Politico reported the intention of Javier Tebas, the president of the Spanish football league (La Liga), to lodge a competition complaint with the Commission in relation to the transfer of Barcelona player Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain(1). This will be the second complaint filed in relation to the transfer system, following the complaint lodged with the Commission’s DG Competition on 18 September 2016 by the football players’ union FIFPRO regarding the anti-competitive nature of the current transfer system, governed by FIFA’s Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, and the related unnecessary restraint of labour.

1. Will the Commission take account of recent developments in the transfer system, with transfer sums spiralling out of control and proving the ‘Financial Fair Play’ rules to be ineffective, including if La Liga should decide to refrain from submitting a formal complaint?

2. Will the Commission combine the complaints of the players’ union and the Spanish football league into a single investigation into the functioning of the transfer system?

3. In view of recent developments, is the Commission considering starting negotiations with FIFA, UEFA and FIFPRO on the revision of the transfer rules in force since the political agreement reached by FIFA and the Commission in 2001?

(1) http://www.politico.eu/article/neymar-antitrust-complaint-la-liga-psg-transfer/

Last updated: 9 August 2017Legal notice