Antitrust, subscriptions: two proceedings against Brescia and Lecce

The Antitrust Authority has initiated two new investigative proceedings concerning vexatious clauses against the Serie A football clubs Brescia Calcio and Unione Sportiva Lecce.

This was announced by a note from the Competition and Market Authority specifying "that these starts follow the failure to accept the invitation to the same companies, dated January 24, 2020, with which he had requested to remove from the respective contractual conditions the clauses that could have resulted vexatious ".

"The same invitation was also addressed to the companies SPAL and Hellas Verona Football Club which then modified the general conditions of the contract, removing the possible vexatiousness profiles highlighted in the moral suasion letters, such that the Authority closed the relative proceedings" .

The purpose of the investigation launched against Brescia and Lecce is therefore to "assess the possible harassment of certain clauses contained in the general conditions of the annual subscription contract".

Specifically, the Antitrust note specifies, “these are clauses that appear drafted in unclear and comprehensible ways of those that give companies the right to unilaterally change the contractual conditions of subscription and, finally, those that exclude the right of consumers to obtain reimbursement of part of the season ticket both for facts attributable to the company and for the impossibility of the performance occurring, which lead to the total or partial closure of the stadium to obtain compensation for the damage if these events are directly attributable to the company ".

In particular, these clauses "could be vexatious pursuant to articles 33,34 and 35 of the Consumer Code, because, excluding or limiting the liability of the football clubs, they would lead to a significant imbalance for consumers in contractual services ". (Source: Ansa).

Source: Blitz Quotidiano

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