After the setback following the ruling of the Court of Appeals in Brussels that declared the forced arbitration of the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) illegal, Uefa is faced with another court dispute that could affect its Home-Grown Player (HGP) regulation, which obligates teams to include a minimum of 8 players that were trained by clubs from the same national league in their A list of 25 players for Uefa competitions.
The decree, which came into full force in the 2008-2009 season, has been challenged by football agent Daniel Striani in a case he has brought to the Brussels Commercial Court. The case will be heard on September 11.
Striani claims that the HGP regulation violates EU law on the free movement of workers and competition, and his challenge is based on the recent ruling of the Court of Appeals regarding the CAS.
Striani is represented by Jean-Louis Dupont (who was involved in the Bosman Case) and Martin Hissel, the same lawyers who obtained the historic ruling a few days ago that could change the judicial model and the order of world sport.
Uefa's definiton of a Home Grown Player
"UEFA defines locally-trained or 'homegrown' players as those who, regardless of their nationality, have been trained by their club or by another club in the same national association for at least three years between the age of 15 and 21. Up to half of the locally-trained players must be from the club itself, with the others being either from the club itself or from other clubs in the same association"