Putting Bernie Ecclestone on the spot

Putting Bernie Ecclestone on the spot

EU Commission rulings, a shrinking (or growing?) calendar, F1's future ownership... There's plenty to quiz Bernie Ecclestone about at the moment, but would he give any straight answers?

A chat with Bernie Ecclestone is always fun: irreverent at times, his oft-jaunty manner camouflages a razor-sharp brain that is three or even four moves ahead of the game at hand. This time the reason for the meeting is the question of football and a connection to premiums paid to Formula 1's 'big four' teams since 2013.

After three in-depth investigations the EU concluded that public support measures granted in Spain to seven professional football clubs gave them an unfair advantage over other clubs in breach of EU State aid rules. Accordingly the Commission directed that those funds be recovered from the clubs.

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