Op-Ed: “General Court judgments in Valencia C.F. v Commission and Elche C.F. v Commission: Another yellow card to the Commission in State aid cases” by Juan Jorge Piernas López
On 12 March 2020, the General Court (Fourth Chamber) delivered two judgments concerning the appeals lodged by two Spanish football clubs of the region of Valencia, namely Valencia C.F. (T-732/16) and Elche C.F., (T-901/16) against a Commission decision ordering the recovery of State aid implemented by Spain in their favour. In its judgments yesterday, the General Court annulled the contested Commission decision in the parts affecting the abovementioned football clubs. The same Chamber of the General Court, in a previous judgment, Hércules CF, had already annulled another part of the same decision related to Hércules C.F., the third football club of the Valencia region concerned by the decision at stake.
The Commission initiated th