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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 10 Issue: 12
(December 2012)


Athletes contesting doping charges face being banned from competing until they have paid any costs awarded against them by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) under a new draft of the World Anti-Doping Code (‘the Code’), released 3 December. Article 10.13 of draft version 2.0 of the Code reads ‘Athletes and other Persons shall be Ineligible until any CAS cost awards against them have been paid, unless fairness requires otherwise’. / read more

The Football Association Premier League (FAPL) will consider whether to impose financial controls on its 20 clubs at a 6 February meeting, after an 18 December discussion on the subject. “A number of ideas and proposals were suggested, however nothing concrete was decided”, said an FAPL spokesman. “A number of ideas are in progress, and will be presented at the next meeting”. Two thirds of the clubs (i.e. 14) would need to approve any new rules. / read more

On 12 December, Advocate General Jääskinen recommended that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) dismiss claims from FIFA and UEFA against inclusion of all matches of the European Championships and the World Cup on lists of events reserved for free television. FIFA declined to comment, but UEFA said it had ‘taken note’ of the Opinion and awaited the CJEU’s final judgment. / read more


England’s Rugby Football Union was recently successful in obtaining a Norwich Pharmacal order, which required ticket reselling internet site Viagogo to disclose information on ticket resellers who had breached its terms and conditions. Louise Lambert, a Senior Associate with Olswang LLP, examines the history of the case, the judgment and the implications for other sports bodies that may wish to require internet sites to disclose information about ticket resellers. / read more

The First Tier Tax Tribunal has recently concluded that a fine for breaking the rules of Formula 1 was tax deductible. George Cotterell and Charles Maurice, of Macfarlanes LLP, examine the reasoning behind the decision and assess whether other sporting bodies might now be able to deduct fines from their taxable income. / read more

After being sacked with three weeks left on a one-year contract, Lawrie Sanchez launched a claim for unfair dismissal against Barnet FC, which had paid up his contract in full. Chris Quinn, a Barrister with Littleton Chambers instructed by Barnet in this case, examines the details of the case and the lessons it holds for professional sports clubs. / read more

The Council of Europe, through its Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport, is seeking to draft an international convention to combat the manipulation of sports results by 2014. Khalid Ali, Secretary General of the European Sports Security Association, sets out the timeline and key issues in the development of the convention. / read more

FIFA has recently proposed banning third-party ownership of footballers, whereby a third party retains an economic interest in a player when he is transferred. Karish Andrews and Iain McDonald, of Lewis Silkin, examine the current status of football’s rules on third-party ownership and assess whether such a ban would be feasible. / 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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