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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 12 Issue: 1
(January 2014)


England’s Association of Football Agents (AFA) is preparing to challenge FIFA’s draft regulations on the use of intermediaries in player transfers, arguing that they breach European law. The draft regulations will be presented to FIFA’s Executive Committee meeting on 20/21 March, abandoning FIFA’s current system of requiring national associations to license player agents. The draft regulations, which include a registration system for intermediaries, have been in circulation since late last year. / read more

Football needs to do more to warn young players about being duped by criminals posing as fake football agents on social media, warns the International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS), which is researching the problem. “Football cannot regulate against this type of criminal activity,” said Jake Marsh of the ICSS. “However, we would like to see more clubs and associations post pages on their internet sites alerting young players to how these criminals operate.” / read more

An investigation by the European Commission (EC) into cross-border access to pay-TV services could affect how the FA Premier League restricts access to content broadcast online. On 13 January, the EC opened antitrust proceedings to examine whether agreements between EU broadcasters and US film studios infringe Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). / read more


Rule 40 of the Olympic Charter prevents athletes from promoting unofficial brands during the Olympic Games. Alessandro Oliverio, an Attorney with Oliverio Law Firm, examines how Rule 40 came into being, whether it is appropriate for the modern sporting age and potential changes that could be made to it. / read more

In 2009, FIFA told World Sports Law Report that as only 25% to 30% of international transfers were conducted using FIFA-licensed player agents, it was considering dropping its requirement for only licensed agents to be used in player transfers. Instead, it planned to require clubs to register the use of any intermediary used in a player transfer. FIFA has yet to make the change and in the meantime, unscrupulous individuals are using social media to masquerade as player agents, extorting large sums of money from young footballers keen to make it as a professional. Eby Emenike, a FA-licensed agent and sports consultant with TBD Sports Management, has considerable experience working with players in Africa. She explains the extent of the problem and what is being done to highlight it. / read more

Atlético Madrid player Diego Costa is eligible to represent both Brazil and Spain, and the race between both countries to secure his services ahead of the November 2013 friendly internationals threw FIFA’s regulations on national team representation into focus. José Carlos Páez Romero, former Legal Counsel at FIFA, explains how the case exposed loopholes in FIFA’s regulations and statutes regarding national team representation. / read more

An arbitration panel has recently rejected a $765 million settlement in a lawsuit brought against the National Football League for failing to protect athletes against damage caused by repeated concussions. Perhaps predictably, it was followed by a similar class action lawsuit against the National Hockey League. Jon Heshka, Associate Dean of Law at Thompson Rivers University and Kris Lines, Director of the Centre for International Sports Law at Staffordshire University, examine the similarities and differences between the lawsuits and the implications for other contact sports. / read more

It is generally accepted that organised crime is utilising the sports betting marketplace to launder money gained through the proceeds of criminal activity. Dr. Laila Mintas, Director of Sports Integrity for CONCACAF, explains how this takes place and examines how international efforts against money laundering could affect the sports betting industry. / 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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