EU Eyes Case On Spanish Soccer Clubs' Tax Breaks

Law360, New York (December 17, 2013, 9:46 PM EST) -- The European Commission will decide Wednesday whether to pursue claims that four high-profile Spanish football clubs were receiving anti-competitive tax breaks, after the European Union's ombudsman raised concerns Tuesday about Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia's apparent conflict of interest in the case.

EU Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly told the EC it was time to act on a four-year-old complaint that four Spanish football clubs were benefiting from illegal state aid in the form of billions of euros' worth of tax breaks.

O'Reilly also concluded that the EC had...
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