Thursday, October 15, 2009

Player Contracts: ECJ rules on French protections for training clubs

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) decides that although French rules entitling clubs to require trainees to sign a professional contract at the end of their training contract breach Article 39 EC (freedom of movement), such rules can be justified as pursuing a legitimate aim compatible with the Treaty and as such, compensation relating to the cost of training that player is payable by a club purchasing the player at the end of his training contract. Bruno Quentin and Marc Peltier, of Gide Loyrette Nouel, examine the ECJ's reasoning in deciding that Newcastle United must pay Olympique Lyonnais compensation after purchasing Olivier Bernard from Lyonnais at the end of his training contract.

The full version of this article appears in the October edition of World Sports Law Report.



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