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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 10 Issue: 6
(June 2012)


British Olympic The Association (BOA) has declined to direct British Taekwondo to re-open an investigation into the selection of Lutalo Mohamed over Aaron Cook to represent Britain in the -80kg category at London 2012, despite new evidence. "It is the view of the BOA that the letter and evidence from Aaron Cook's attorneys does not provide sufficient new information", said a spokesperson. / read more

FIFA has asked the Italian football association (FIGC) for information, after it sanctioned 21 clubs and 52 individuals for match-fixing on 18 June. "FIFA has asked the FIGC to provide us with an update, and has drawn their attention to Article 136ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, which allows FIFA to extend sanctions worldwide, if requested", said a spokesperson. / read more

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has had to scale back activities due to budgetary concerns. "WADA received a zero percent budget increase for 2012 and as a result, the Agency has had to trim one or two activities accordingly", said a WADA spokesperson. "There have been no major changes, but some adjustments that reflect the zero percent increase against inflation". / read more


Spanish football may be enjoying one of its most successful eras, but its reputation off the pitch recently suffered a hit. A survey of the accounts of the top football clubs revealed a tale of crippling debts and fiscal miscreants. In April 2012, the Spanish government and the football league announced measures designed to pave the way for the clubs to repay their outstanding tax and social security debts. Dr. Ben Van Rompuy, Senior Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Institute, examines the flexibility of the tax deal and whether the measures adequately manage the problem that caused the debt in the first place. / read more

Khalid Ali, Secretary General of the European Sports Security Association (ESSA), the betting industry's integrity body, highlights the importance of effective cross-sector integrity partnerships. / read more

In the first instalment of this article, the extensive factual background to the FC Sion case was summarised. In this second instalment, Chris Anderson, an Associate with Brabners Chaffe Street LLP, examines the potential impact of the case on sporting regulations and governing bodies. This includes an anylsis of the impact on football governing bodies FIFA and UEFA, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). He also explains how the case outlines the 'specific characteristics' of sport and how some civil courts appear to have run into difficulties understanding the unique circumstances surrounding the case. Further, he outlines certain aspects of Swiss law highlighted by the case which had the potential to threaten the principle of 'sporting equality'. / read more

While the Chancellor's 2012 Budget statement and subsequent Finance Bill contained elements that help professional sport, it added to the complexity and potential tax burden faced by sport organisers. Richard Baldwin, a sports tax consultant, explains in detail the impact that the announced measures are likely to have on sport organised in the UK. / read more

In April, the Football League voted in favour of introducing Financial Fair Play Regulations across its three divisions. David Winnie, a Solicitor with Thomas Cooper, examines the provisions with which clubs will have to comply under the Regulations, sanctions available should they fail to comply and potential issues and loopholes. / read more

In October 2009, the United Nations (UN) granted the International Olympic Committee (IOC) the role of 'Permanent Observer', codifying an unwritten agreement between the two organisations to work together on promoting peace and sustaining development. Alessandro Oliverio, an Attorney with Oliverio Law Firm, explains how the UN and the IOC work together and how this work has changed the perception of sport's role in society. He also examines the challenges that remain to be tackled under this relationship and makes suggestions on how to resolve these. / read more

Italy has recently introduced a number of measures designed to reduce violence and disorder and improve spectator safety in football stadiums. Luca Ferrari, a Partner with CBA Studio Legale e Tributario, explains the reasoning behind the measures taken and assesses whether they have been successful. / 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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