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Commission opens tax probe on Spanish football clubs

18.12.13 @ 20:13

The European Commission has launched a series of investigations into whether Spain's football clubs have benefited from unfair tax breaks worth billions of euros. EU competition chief Joaquin Almunia Wednesday (18 ...

Real and Barca to face EU state aid probe

17.12.13 @ 09:45

Football giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are among seven top Spanish clubs to be targeted by a state aid probe to be launched on Wednesday (18 December) by the European Commission. Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel ...

UEFA lose legal battle on free-to-air football

18.07.13 @ 22:13

EU governments have the right to ensure that international football championships are available on free-to-air television channels, according a court ruling on Thursday (18 July). The judgement by the Luxembourg-based ...

Interview'Everything is about basketball in Lithuania'

06.06.13 @ 08:45

Forget football. In Lithuania, the national sport is basketball. The home of 10 players who made it into America's basketball league, the NBA, Lithuania is a country where kids grow up shooting for the basket rather ...

Overhaul football transfer system, commission says

07.02.13 @ 19:57

New rules are needed to curb the excesses of football's multi-billion-euro player transfer market according to a study published Thursday (7 February) on behalf of the European Commission. The report's main ...

EU police agency uncovers football-fixing ring

05.02.13 @ 09:31

A "sophisticated organised crime operation" stretching all the way to Asia bribed officials and rigged over 380 football matches in Europe, generating some €8 million in profit, EU's police agency (Europol) has ...

Olympics: European viewers more interested in London than Beijing

15.08.12 @ 17:24

Figures show that European viewers were more interested in watching the London Olympic Games than the previous ones, held in Beijing in 2008. The Geneva-based trade body, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which ...

EU commissioner first to boycott Ukraine football games

30.04.12 @ 09:29

EU justice commissioner Vivianne Reding is to boycott the Euro2012 football championships in Ukraine for political reasons, amid reports the German Chancellor might do the same. Reding spokeswoman Mina Andreeva told ...

Ice Hockey finals in Belarus still on schedule

23.03.12 @ 09:13

The large, red 2014 World Ice Hockey Championship billboards and posters adorning walls in the Belarus capital are unlikely to come down anytime soon. Despite international pressure to pull the venue from Minsk, a ...

EU seeks probe into Egypt football tragedy

03.02.12 @ 09:36

EU leaders are calling for an independent probe to find out why and how knife-wielding fans overwhelmed stadium security following a football match in Port Said, Egypt on Wednesday (1 February). More than 70 were killed ...