Two court dates upcoming relating to sporting status of bridge

Two court hearings, relating to the 'sporting status' of bridge, will be held in the next few weeks.

The first will be at the Court of Appeal today (Thursday 19th January). The EBU will seek permission to appeal the verdict, given in October 2015, following the Judicial Review of Sport England's definition of 'sport', and how it relates to bridge. The EBU's legal representatives will argue that errors in law were made when the verdict was considered, and that important issues were overlooked. These arguments are explained in this press release.

The ongoing VAT case will go to the European Court of Justice on 2nd March in Luxembourg. This was referred to the court by the British courts, in order to seek clarification on the EU's directive that no VAT should be charged on sporting activities, and whether this should apply to bridge.