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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 10 Issue: 2
(February 2012)


English Football League clubs will not be able to take any players on short term loans outside of specified transfer windows, after FIFA ordered the Football Association (FA) to stop clubs taking players on 'emergency loans' from the 2014/15 season. / read more

Over 200 anti-doping experts will convene at Twickenham Stadium on 14-15 March for Tackling Doping in Sport 2012, organised by World Sports Law Report in association with UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and Squire Sanders. / read more

Munich police are keen to interview David Haye due to the retired British boxer's involvement in a brawl after Dereck Chisora's unsuccessful challenge to Vitali Klitschko's World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title, on Saturday 18 February. / read more


The past 12 months have seen sport wake up to the threat caused to its integrity by match-fixing and associated forms of manipulation. In this first instalment of a four-part article, Mike Morgan and Stacey Shevill, of Squire Sanders, describe various forms of sporting fraud and the actors involved in committing these frauds. / read more

The organisers of the London 2012 Olympics have yet to secure a post-Games tenant for the Olympic Stadium, despite agreeing a deal for West Ham and Newham Council to take ownership in March 2011. Liz Ellen, an Associate in the Sports Group at Mishcon de Reya, explains how and why Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur sought a judicial review of the decision to award the stadium to the football club and local council. / read more

The British Horseracing Authority has faced a difficult battle in balancing both the concerns of the public about overuse of the whip in horseracing, and concerns of jockeys about whip limits damaging the sport. Jonathan Hand, a Barrister with Outer Temple Chambers, analyses changes to whip rules and subsequent amendments. / read more

Rugby union has undergone dramatic change both on and off the pitch since 1995, when the International Rugby Board declared the game 'professional' by removing its ban on paying players. Since then, England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) has struggled in its aim to govern both the professional arm of the game and the amateur arm. Stephen Hornsby, a Partner with Davenport Lyons, examines the history of the RFU's attempts to modernise in order to accommodate the professional game, and explains why difficulties will continue to arise unless fundamental structural issues are addressed. / read more

UEFA has recently charged Celtic with 'illicit chanting' for allegedly singing sectarian songs during a Europa League game. Dr. Gregory Ioannidis, a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Buckingham, examines UEFA's lack of a clear definition of 'illicit chanting' and whether strict liability can be applied without such a definition. / 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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