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Oberlandesgericht Bremen, 2 U 67/14, SV Wilhelmshaven v. Norddeutscher Fußball-Verband e.V, 30 December 2014

  • Antoine DuvalEmail author
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Abstract

At the very end of 2014, the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Bremen rendered an important judgment in the dispute opposing a German club, the SV Wilhelmshaven e.V., to its regional association, the Norddeutscher Fußball-Verband e.V. The decision, which has been appealed to the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), was not as commented as the nearly simultaneous judgment of the OLG München in the Pechstein case. Nonetheless, it entails important considerations regarding FIFA’s training compensation system and its private enforcement mechanism of CAS awards and FIFA decisions. In this commentary, I will first summarize the facts and the procedure of the case, and then discuss its impact on the compatibility of FIFA’s training compensation system with EU law. Finally, I will show how this ruling might put into question the internal enforcement system established by FIFA to bypass the traditional procedure of recognition of international awards.

Keywords

CAS FIFA EU law Sports law Bosman Training compensation Lex sportiva 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.T.M.C ASSER Institute for European and International LawThe HagueThe Netherlands

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