2013 May

European Court: Football clubs responsible for homophobic remarks of associates – Accept judgment

The European Court of Justice has ruled that a football club is responsible for the homophobic remarks made by a person closely associated with the club – even if that person does not have legal power to bind the club as regards its recruitment policy.  To avoid sanctions, the football club should clearly distance itself from the homophobic remarks.  The finding appears to be equally applicable to other discriminatory conduct such as racism and underlines the importance of recent efforts by sports organisations to clamp down on such conduct.


Benoît Keane speaks at Irish Society for European Law

Benoît Keane participated in a panel discussion organised by the Irish Society for European Law (ISEL) in Dublin on the application of EU competition law to sport.  The panel also included Krzysztof Kuik (Head of Unit at the European Commission) and Ian Lynam (Partner at Charles Russell).  The event was chaired by Gary Rice (Partner at Beauchamps).

The event took place under Chatham House rules which led to an open and interesting discussion amongst the panellists and participants.  A range of issues were discussed during the event in particular the application of EU competition law to financial fair play regulations and to sports media rights following from the Murphy ruling.


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