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What was the Bosman ruling? The one minute guide

Updated Friday 25th September 2015

A really, really quick explanation of the 1996 European Court of Justice Ruling on the Bosman case, and how it applies to football.

Jean Marc Bosman's contract with Belgian club Liege was finished; he wanted to move to French team Dunkerque but Liege demanded a transfer fee. Bosman argued in front of the European Court of Justice that this interfered with his right as an EU citizen to freedom of movement. The court agreed with him - and since then, it has been forbidden for teams to demand transfer fees for out-of-contract players joining clubs within the EU; and for leagues or competitions to impose a limit on the number of players from within the EU in any team.

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