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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 10 Issue: 11
(November 2012)


The Swiss government is drafting legislation to make bribery and fraud in sport a criminal offence. On 7 November, the Swiss Federal Council approved a report commissioned in November 2010 on the fight against corruption and match-fixing in sport. It instructed the federal department of justice and police (FDJP) and the federal department of defence, civil protection and sport (DDPS) to draft legislation for presentation to the Swiss Parliament by the end of 2013. / read more

The European Union has agreed to provide over €1 million in funding towards five educational programmes designed to prevent match-fixing in sport. The 19 November agreement will provide an EU Athletes project with €231,741; a FIFPro project with €179,166 and an International Rugby Board project with €60,000. / read more

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will publish the second draft of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code on 3 December, giving stakeholders until 1 March 2013 to comment in the final consultation phase of the Code Review Process. The draft was approved by WADA’s Foundation Board on 18 November. / read more


The European Commission published its Action Plan on online gambling on 23 October, which proposed solutions to the issues that differing methods of regulating online gambling in a single market present. Tom Russell, an Associate with DLA Piper, examines the logic behind the Plan and the key ways in which it plans to tackle issues involving the integrity of sport. / read more

On 18 October, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that where a person located in Member State A sends data previously uploaded by that person from a database protected by the sui generis right under Directive 96/9 (the Database Directive) to a customer in Member State B, this constitutes an unlawful act of ‘re-utilisation’ of the data in Member State B, as long as it can be proved that the person intentionally targeted customers in Member State B. Adam Rendle, an Associate with Taylor Wessing, examines the implications that this case has for sporting organisations keen to protect their statistics databases and match footage. / read more

The 1995 Bosman ruling facilitated free movement of players between clubs within the European Union. However Council Directive 1999/70/EC set out a framework that requires sport to objectively justify its need for fixed-term contracts. John Mehrzad, a Barrister at Littleton Chambers, explains how a challenge to a fixed-term contract is likely to be successful. / read more

Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole has been charged by England’s Football Association for comments made on social media network Twitter in relation to the John Terry racial abuse allegations. Laura Scaife, a Trainee Solicitor at Hill Dickinson LLP, examines measures that clubs can take to avoid issues involving social media. / read more

The success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games highlighted the inclusive possibilities that sport provides to athletes. Shawn M. Crincoli, an Associate Professor of Law at the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, examines how sporting authorities approached the policing of women’s dress and integration of the disabled, examining if the Olympics are consistent with our legal and social commitment to human rights, non-discrimination and equality. / read more

Roger Godsiff MP has tabled Early Day Motion 573, which calls for the introduction of 'safe standing' areas in English football on a trial basis. In this article, he explains why he thinks the time is right to reintroduce standing areas at football. / read more

About World Sports Advocate

The monthly law publication providing guidance on all aspects of sports law, including licensing and sports data, anti-doping and doping sanctions, TV and broadcasting rights, sport technology, players agents, disciplinary measures, sports integrity, sports betting, player contracts, intellectual property, transfer regulations, sports sponsorship and marketing, and governance, as well as coverage of key legal cases, sporting regulations and governing bodies including the IOC, UEFA and FIFA and sporting events such as London 2012. / read more

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