Scuffle of the week

FIFA v the European Union. Football's governing body has been threatened with antitrust action unless it changes its rules concerning player transfer fees and contracts between players and their clubs. The European Commission has told FIFA that it must give players the freedom to break contracts and the flexibility to switch teams before their contracts expire. FIFA has been given until the end of the year to comply with the European Court of Justice's 1995 Bosman judgment, which applied antitrust law to big-business sports.