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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 10 Issue: 7
(July 2012)


FIFA is considering on-site auditing of clubs to ensure compliance with its Transfer Matching System (TMS). "More advanced investigation techniques are being developed", said Isabelle Solal, Head of Integrity & Compliance at FIFA TMS GmbH at World Sports Law Report's Player Contracts conference, 5 July 2012. / read more

The England & Wales High Court has ruled that customers of betting exchanges are not subject to the horseracing Levy, as they do not qualify as 'bookmakers' under the Gambling Act 2005. Through incorporation of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, the Gambling Act requires 'bookmakers' to pay a percentage of their profits from horseracing back to the sport. / read more

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) released Regulations on Female Hyperandrogenism on 22 June, which decide whether females with 'elevated androgen production' are eligible for female competitions in the London 2012 Olympic Games (L2012). / read more


Recent judgments concerning use of fixture lists have highlighted a different approach in Europe and the UK from that in Australia. Laila Hamzi and Amelia Lynch, of Lander & Rogers, contrast the Australian approach with that taken by the Court of Justice of the European Union, following referral of questions about database copyright protection from the UK High Court in the Football DataCo case. / read more

In May 2012, boxer Lamont Peterson became the first athlete to report a positive test for a banned substance under the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association's (VADA) programme. Ryan Connolly, a Californian Attorney and Chief Counsel to VADA, explains the difference in risk to athletes that doping in combat sports presents, compared to non-combat sports. He explains how VADA offers athletes the chance to prove they are clean and how Peterson was caught, despite using a complex testosterone ingestion system that would have escaped detection using normal anti-doping procedures. / read more

One of the more interesting aspects that developed during Rangers's recent financial issues was the Scottish club's successful application for judicial review, as the Scottish Football Association claimed that only the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had jurisdiction to hear the case. Chris Anderson, an Associate with Brabners Chaffe Street LLP, examines the history of football cases challenging CAS jurisdiction, the SFA's case and concludes with a checklist of how to ensure CAS jurisdiction. / read more

The Italian football association (FIGC) sanctioned 21 clubs and 52 individuals for match-fixing on 18 June. Alessandro Oliverio of Oliverio Law Firm and Dalton Swing, a licensed FIFA player agent, examine how this latest investigation started, including the modus operandi of the match-fixers. They also examine Italian law on match-fixing and the sanctions available, explaining how it interacts with domestic and international sporting rules. / read more

Following the recent convictions of Danish Kaneria and Mervyn Westfield by an ECB disciplinary tribunal for corruption, Tom Burrows of Paris Smith LLP re-examines the circumstances surrounding the case, explains the factors that make English county cricket particularly vulnerable to corruption and examines what is being done to mitigate that threat. / 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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