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Dahmane case: does Belgium have a trademark on landmark football cases?


Mohamed Dahmane is a professional Belgian-Algerian football player. Dahmane and the Belgian football club Racing Genk concluded an employment contract which was valid from 1 July 2007 until 30 June 2011. The contract stipulated a gross annual basic salary of € 180,000, excluding additional bonuses. As of 1 January 2008, the parties agreed that Dahmane was entitled to a gross annual basic salary of € 252,188.

By the end of 2007, the relationship between Dahmane and the team management deteriorated and, on 23 January 2008, Dahmane was demoted to the development team. On 28 January 2008, Dahmane unilaterally terminated the employment contract. Dahmane argued that the behavior of the club and his exclusion from the first team provided an "urgent cause" for premature termination of the contract.

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