Labor Court of Paris, 16 December 2019, no. 19/00954, Hatem Ben Arfa
More precisely, this is a first instance ruling handed down by the Conseil de Prud’ hommes of Paris (French labor court), which is already on appeal. Nevertheless, it a very instructive case. First of all, it is the first time that labor judges have had the opportunity to rule on this increasingly frequent problem that affects professional players. Sometimes, footballers indeed feel sidelined by their employer club. However, the interest of this ruling is not limited to this issue alone, since it also addresses other particular aspects of the employment relationship in professional football, such as the ethics bonus (prime d’éthique).
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