JD Sports Fashion’s battle to retain ownership of the British Footasylum chain is taking another turn, with the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) “applying for permission” to appeal a recent judgement by the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the case, “after careful consideration.” JD had appealed to the tribunal to overturn a ruling by the CMA that blocked its acquisition of Footasylum on anti-trust grounds, on evidence that the two retailers are perceived by customers as close competitors in the market. The tribunal ruled in favor of JD, asking the CMA to reconsider its verdict, finding that it had not gone far enough in its information gathering on the coronavirus epidemic’s impact on the sports fashion sector. JD indicated that the divestiture of Footasylum would likely lead it to shut down because of the pandemic.