UEFA welcomes European Court of Justice ruling on financial fair play

UEFA welcomes the ruling of the European Court of Justice declaring "manifestly inadmissible" the request for a preliminary ruling on the legality of financial fair play

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040 – Request for preliminary ruling by Brussels Court of First Instance declared inadmissible

UEFA notes with satisfaction the ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) dated 16 July in which it has declared "manifestly inadmissible" the recent request for a preliminary ruling on the legality of financial fair play made by the Brussels Court of First Instance (BCFI).

The European Court of Justice declared that request as pointless because the court making it (the BCFI) had already – in June 2015 – declared itself incompetent to rule on the merits of the so-called Striani case. The European Court of Justice also observed that the national court had failed to provide any of the necessary information to enable the ECJ to address issues of European competition law.

The European Court of Justice has therefore had for the first time the opportunity to consider the financial fair play system, and has taken the view that the Striani case orchestrated in Belgium has no merits whatsoever.

UEFA considers this to be a sensible and logical outcome and takes the opportunity to reaffirm its complete confidence in the legality of financial fair play, a system which is backed by the overwhelming majority of stakeholders in European football and which has, in a short space of time, already delivered real, concrete and tangible results which will help safeguard the future and long-standing prosperity of the game in Europe.

Financial fair play has also been publicly supported on many occasions by the institutions of the European Union, including the European Parliament and the European Commission.

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