Employment of Professional Footballers in the Community

Documents from 18 April 1984 to 21 March 1988

Identity Statement

HAEU Reference Code
Physical Medium


Reference Archivists

Carr, Mary

Content and Structure


Cabinet documents of access to employment of professional footballers within the Community, includes: Letter from Sutherland to Mr Manuel Marin, Vice-President of the Commission giving his reaction to the draft proposals on footballers, seeking to eliminate all illegal restrictions in the field. Report from Sutherland's application of the competition rules to football clubs in the Community. Brief on Italian football monopolies – antitrust rules and football. Reports of negotiations between the UEFA, national football associations and Community officials and issues of discrimination based upon nationality, prohibition, matches between professional sportsmen, exclusion, infringement of Articles 48 to 51 or 59 to 66 of the EEC Treaty – restrictions in the case of matters for reasons which are not of an economic nature; Speaking note on Free Movement of Footballers. Résumé of the football federations’ replies to Commission questionnaire. Declaration after meeting between Commissioner Ivor Richard and the football associations. Judgements of the European Court of Justice on the matter.

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English, French

Type of Archival Materials


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