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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 11 Issue: 2
(February 2013)


Legislative changes to facilitate sharing of police information are needed to effectively tackle match-fixing, concluded international police organisation Interpol following its ‘Match-fixing: the ugly side of the beautiful game’ conference in Kuala Lumpur, 20-21 February. “What we now need is for national laws to be modernised allowing the police to share information via Interpol channels while investigations are ongoing so that they can act more effectively”, said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble. / read more

Mohammed Asif is likely to lose his appeal against his seven-year ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), according to experts. The CAS heard appeals from former Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Asif on 7-8 February, against their bans for involvement in spot-fixing. While Butt has argued for a reduction in his ten-year ban, Asif is arguing that his ban should be overturned as it was prejudiced by parallel UK criminal proceedings. / read more

The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party will discuss whether to submit further recommendations to the World Anti-Doping Code and international standards review process at a 26-27 February meeting. The body – which is made up of European data protection regulators – is concerned that its recommendations to change aspects of the Code that do not comply with European data protection regulations have been ignored. / read more


Recent cases against German referee Robert Hoyzer and Ante Sapina for their involvement in fixing football matches has highlighted the need for Germany to criminalise match-fixing through legislation. Dr. Laila Mintas, Head of Legal and International Development for Early Warning System GmbH, explains why difficulties in prosecuting under fraud laws in both cases have highlighted why this is the case. / read more

New Jersey has sought to authorise sports betting through its ‘Sports Wagering Law’, which is opposed by US sporting leagues. Linda Shorey, Anthony Holzman and Tad Macfarlan of K&L Gates, assess New Jersey’s chances of success. / read more

Europol’s recent report into match-fixing across Europe came as the UK government considers proposals to further regulate licensed gambling operators. In this speech given to an audience of operators, regulators and sporting bodies at the ICE gambling industry conference in London, European Sports Security Association Chairman, Mike O’Kane, calls on sport to get its house in order and outlines why gambling operators should resist attempts to put the blame for match-fixing at their door. / read more

In preparation for its hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia has introduced legislation designed to eradicate match-fixing. Pavels Tjusevs, an Associate with MAQS Law Firm and President of the Latvian Association of Sports Law, examines the problems that have led Russia to the conclusion that such legislation is necessary, how the new law will sanction match-fixers and potential issues with it. / read more

The conditions for termination should always be included in a sports sponsorship contract, as the number of pending lawsuits against Lance Armstrong has recently highlighted. Amrit Johal, a Partner with Rainer Hughes, examines how the inclusion of ‘morality clauses’ can be used to terminate should a sporting star do anything that could potentially damage the sponsor’s brand. / read more

Argentina has published regulations designed to make professional football contracts more transparent, by outlawing third-party ownership and requiring clubs to conduct transfers through specially-established bank accounts, whereby the money will not be released until all information relating to that transfer has been recorded. Rodrigo Ortega Sanchez, an Abogado with Estudio Beccar Varela, explains the new regulations and how they apply to clubs based overseas. / read more

The Milan Criminal Court has forced Italian internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to ten websites streaming free visual football coverage of competitions, after rights owner Mediaset submitted a complaint. Luca Ferrari, Stella Riberti and Marco Tieghi analyse the decision. / read more

In the first of a series of two articles, Michal Králík, examines athlete liability for sports related injuries in the Czech Republic. This first instalment examines liability under the Czech Republic's newly-revised Civil Code. He also explains how case law reveals how a breach of sporting rules resulting in an injury to an opponent can constitute a breach of the Civil Code. / 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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