The Real Madrid ´Bale Out´ - Question to the Commission

 

Since I asked the question in September, it seems that the Commission has finally decided to launch an investigation! The BBC reports "Real Madrid and Barcelona are among seven Spanish clubs to be investigated over alleged illegal state aid".

Here is the link:   http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/2

 

 

This is the finalised text of the question I submitted to the Commission:

 

On the first of September 2013, the Spanish Real Madrid Football Club made public its acquisition of Gareth Bale, for a record price of 100 million euro. Real Madrid has built up a considerable amount of debt in recent years. The acquisition of Bale is in large part financed by Caja Madrid, a regional bank which is now part of Bankia. Recently, Bankia has been bailed out by the ESM for no less than 18 billion euro. So in reality, European funds are being used as a backstop for unsustainable practices in the Spanish football competition.

1. Does the Commission regard these financial arrangements as a distortion of competition between clubs competing on a Europe-wide level?

2. Does the Commission approve of an ESM-backed bank being involved in an extravagant record deal, with the European taxpayer as its ultimate backstop?