Student or Learner
Is the use of "those" correct in the sentence below? Would the sentence be correct without "those"?
On the surface, the Court made a distinction between the compliance standards for sporting rules under free movement law and those under competition law.
Omitting "those" fuses the last bit into one law -- free movement law and the competition law" -- or at least for a moment while you work the meaning out. Using "those" sidesteps the occasion for that momentary confusion.
Or perhaps omitting "those" would suggest that there was one set of compliance standards for both of these laws -- whereas with the word "those," the meaning seems to be that there was one set of compliance standards for free movement law, and another set of compliance standards for competition law.