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Football: Broadcasting

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will publish the UK statement of intervention in (a) FIFA's challenge to the European Commission's re-verification of the Belgian listed events regime and (b) FIFA's and UEFA's challenges to the re-verification of the UK listed events regime. (212382)

I do not intend to publish the UK's Statement in Intervention in relation to FIFA's challenge to the European Commission's re-verification of the Belgian list of events. The content of pleadings before the Court of First Instance is confidential and no third party may have access to this without the authorisation of the President of the Court of First Instance after the parties have been heard.

The UK has indicated its intention to intervene in the FIFA and UEFA challenges to the re-verification of the UK's list of events. However, Statements in Intervention in those cases are not yet due to be submitted to the Court.