State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into public funding of certain Spanish professional football clubs
EU News 532/2013
Brussels, 18 December 2013
The European Commission has opened three distinct in-depth investigations to verify whether various public support measures in favour of certain Spanish professional football clubs are in line with EU state aid rules. None of the measures was notified to the Commission, who was alerted by concerned citizens. The Commission has concerns that these measures provided significant advantages to the beneficiary clubs to the detriment of the clubs which have to operate without such support. The opening of an in-depth investigation gives Spain and interested third parties an opportunity to comment on the measures under examination; it does not prejudge its outcome.
Source and additional information:
Joaquín Almunia Date: 18/12/2013 Reference: P-024732/00-10 Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont (C)EU, 2013 URL