The conflict between the FEI and the GCL continues, with further legal twists and turns. This time it is the Brussels Court of Appeal that has denied the FEI’s appeal on the interim measures imposed by the Belgian Competition Authority which prevent the FEI from imposing its unsanctioned event rule on athletes and horses competing in the GCL. This was announced today in a press release from the FEI.
“We are of course disappointed that the Brussels Court of Appeal has denied the FEI’s request for a full annulment of the Belgian Competition Authority decision, but this is only a phase in the process,” said FEI President Ingmar De Vos in the press release – showing no sign on giving up in FEI’s legal battle against the GCL which has been going on since the GCL lodged a complaint with the Belgian Competition Authority in June last year. “The real procedure hasn’t even begun yet, as the full merits of the case still have to be heard by the Belgian Competition Authority. We will continue to fight with all legal means,” continued De Vos.
As to the time frame on the decision in the ongoing case for the Belgian Competition Authority, it has not been confirmed when a decision on the merits of the case can be expected.
Meanwhile, the GCL is not only gaining momentum legally – but also in the ring. The fourth leg of the series takes place this weekend in Shanghai, following the launch in Miami Beach at the beginning of this month.
Read the full press release from the FEI here.
Source: Press release from the FEI // Picture © Stefano Grasso/GCL
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