Spanish Royal Decree no. 1006/1985 (Royal Decree), which provides for the special relationship of professional athletes in Spain, contains up to a total of nine grounds for terminating employment relationships subjected to this regulation. Among them, Article 16 par. 1 regulates the most famous (and problematic) one: the termination of the employment contract at the athlete’s will, mistakenly known as “cláusulas de rescission” (buy-out clauses) when inserted in employment contracts.
The abovementioned article of the Royal Decree provides as follows (free translation):
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