Swiss Federal Tribunal, 20 February 2018, decision 4A_260/2017

Swiss Federal Tribunal, 20 February 2018, decision 4A_260/2017

Swiss Federal Tribunal, 20 February 2018, decision 4A_260/2017

Factual and Procedural Background

The decision 4A_260/2017 of 20 February 2018 concerns a Civil Law Appeal, filed by the Belgian club ASBL Royal Football Club Seraing (RFC Seraing) against the Award TAS 2016/A/4490 RFC Seraing c. FIFA, rendered on 9 March 2017[1]. The proceedings before CAS concerned disciplinary sanctions imposed by FIFA on RFC Seraing for a breach of Articles 18bis and 18ter of the RSTP, i.e. for a violation of the prohibition of the so-called “Third Party Influence” (TPI) and “Third Party Ownership” (TPO)

As it is commonly known, for considerable time already, FIFA had enacted the provision of Article 18bis RSTP, which prohibited Third Party Influence, i.e....

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