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Mijares, Angoitia advises on Mexico probe

Law firm Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes acts for Mexican federation in 'non-poaching' investigation

Mexican law firm Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes acted for the Mexican Football Federation (Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación) as well as a number of football clubs in the investigation by the Mexican Economic Competition Commission (Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica, COFECE) into ‘non-poaching’ agreements in the market for the transfer of professional football players.

In June 2018, the COFECE began an investigation into ‘gentlemen’s agreements’ between Mexican football clubs that may have restricted the movement of professional footballers.

In September 2021, COFECE determined that 17 Mexican clubs had been involved in such practices with the cooperation of the Mexico Football Federation.

A fine of MXP$177.6 million ($8.5 million) was consequently imposed, which was paid by the clubs.

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