Lassana DIARRA v FIFA before the CJEU

Case 650/22 is currently pending before the CJEU

The CJEU has ended FIFA/UEFA's monopoly on transnational club football in the EU

Here is the press release from the CJEU, which is self-explanatory:


The CJEU rules that UEFA rules and similar rules of national federations imposing quotas of "home-grown players" may infringe the free movement of workers and free competition guaranteed by the TFEU

The CJEU will deliver its ESL, Refaelov - Antwerp and ISU judgments on 21 December.

The CJEU today confirmed that the first three "sport" judgments will be delivered on 21 December at 9.30am.

The Guardian publishes a remarkable article on the future of European football

"Breakaways or crossing borders: what is the future of European football?".

The Belgian Court of Cassation refers questions to the CJEU for a preliminary ruling on the CAS's legitimacy to rule on questions of EU law.

In this case, the Court of Cassation followed the position defended by our client, RFC Seraing.

EU Regulation on Foreign Subsidies and Football


The State of Football Governance - Advocate General Szpunar Paves the Way for a Critical Assessment of the Status Quo

By Robby Houben (University of Antwerp) & Siniša Petrović (University of Zagreb).

See, on "Asser International Sports Law Blog":

UEFA and Belgian Federation rules on "home-grown players" violate EU law according to the First Advocate General of the CJEU

In case C-680/21, in which "Dupont-Hissel" represents Lior Refaelov and Royal Antwerp FC, on 9 March 2023, Mr Szpunar, the First Advocate General of the CJEU, delivered his conclusions.

The High Commercial Court of Madrid reinstates the provisional measures for the benefit of the European Super League and against UEFA-FIFA

In its decision, the Madrid court stresses that the "values of sport" (which the international football federations claim to be guaranteed by Article 165 TFEU) are in no way such as to justify their absolute monopoly and that the pseudo-European model of sport is not a binding or uniform norm.

The future of sport Governance in Europe: seminar this 13 January in Brussels.

This 13 January in Brussels (or "on line"), "Concurrences" organises a seminar on "THE FUTURE OF SPORT GOVERNANCE IN EUROPE. THE TIMES: THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'".

Bernd REICHART, CEO of A22, in front of the Spanish press.

On Friday 2 December 2022, Bernd REICHART, CEO of A22, spoke to the Spanish media at a conference in Madrid.

Hearing before the Grand Chamber of the CJEU in the case "Royal Antwerp FC v UEFA and Belgian Football Federation"

Judges' questions focus on the discriminatory nature of the rules on "home-grown players" - First Advocate General to deliver his Opinion on 9 March 2023.

European Super League:A22 appoints new CEO to initiate open dialogue on the future of European club football

On 19 October 2022, A22 Sports Management, a co-claimant in the ongoing proceedings between the European Super League Company and UEFA, appointed Bernd Reichart as its Chief Executive Officer.

The FIFA transfer system again in front of the CJEU

On 20 September 2022, the Mons Court of Appeal referred a question to the CJEU for a preliminary ruling on the legality of FIFA's current transfer system with regard to the free movement of workers and free competition. The question referred for a preliminary ruling is worded as follows: "Are Art...

"Football-Legal" publishes two articles on the future of football governance in the EU.

The first article is authored by Professor Wathelet, ex Judge and ex first Advocate General at the CJEU. Professor Wathelet looks at the sports program that the CJEU has to face in the coming months. The second article is by Professor Robby Houben (University of Antwerp), who questions the future...

Case Swift Hespérange v UEFA and FLF

"Dupont-Hissel represents the claimants in the action launched on 21 July 2022 by Swift Hespérange, "Leopard" (sponsor) and a supporter against UEFA and the Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Football (FLF), challenging the EU legality of various rules of these two federations.

Hearing of the CJEU in the Super League case.

On July 11 and 12, the Grand Chamber (15 judges) of the CJEU held the hearing in the Super League v. UEFA and FIFA case.

"European Super League" hearing in the CJEU scheduled on 11 and 12 July


European Super League: Ceferin's threats of boycott

UEFA president threatens a US match organiser because simply because he works for Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Juventus ...

Sisters are doin' it for themselves

Some news transcends law and economics: it is sociological in nature. Such is the case of the latest women's Clasico, which broke the attendance record for a women's match.


Andrea AGNELLI spoke about the continuation of the ESL project at the "FT Business of Football" summit in London, on 3 March 2022.

Filing of a criminal complaint concerning the rigging of the 2013-2014 Belgian championship

"Dupont-Hissel represents the plaintiffs

FIFA president in favour of EURO every two years

A World Cup every 2 years. Why not the same regarding EURO ... ?

Top lawyers reveal why they expect to defeat UEFA in European Super League battle

Lawyers for ESL promoter company A22 say Madrid judge was “alarmed by threats of Ceferin” and “thinks the merits of the case are good”.

The FIFA World Cup every two years: a perfect example of conflict of interest.

FIFA's plan to hold its flagship tournament every two years is causing a stir.

The purchase of Newcastle by a Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund or the problem of "state clubs".

After PSG, it's Newcastle's turn to be owned, in short, by a state.

"DUPONT-HISSEL" defends Antwerp in the case of the rules on "Home-Grown Players”

The Court of First Instance in Brussels has just referred questions to the CJEU for a preliminary ruling.