‘Modern slavery’ debate plagues soccer industry

Introduction

Date: 21 November 2017 Duration: 7:35

FIFA, Soccer’s global governing body, was fending off legal action earlier this month that its ban on third parties “owning” soccer players’ financial rights breaches EU competition rules. Laurel Henning, senior energy correspondent and Mari Eccles, antitrust correspondent, explore the issues surrounding the case heard in the Belgian Court of Appeal in Brussels and discuss the potential for European antitrust scrutiny.

For further insight, read the following MLex pieces:

FIFA, UEFA defeat antitrust complaint over player-ownership rule (10 November 2017)

Third-party ownership makes 'victims' of soccer players, FIFA tells court (2 November 2017)

Sports investor takes aim at FIFA ban on soccer-star 'ownership' in Belgian court (26 October 2017)

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