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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 12 Issue: 7
(July 2014)


Lawyers have warned that FIFA's decision to ban Luis Suárez from any football-related activity for four months, following his alleged biting of Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's World Cup match against Italy, could affect player contracts. It is understood to be the first time that FIFA has used its Disciplinary Code to ban a player from all forms of football for an on-field offence committed whilst on international duty. Lawyers also said that the ban on all forms of football could be difficult for FIFA to enforce. / read more

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) plans to use the results management information entered by anti-doping organisations on its Anti-Doping Administration & Management System (ADAMS) to publish the global number of anti-doping rule violations (ADRV) in 2015. WADA has faced criticism for publishing doping testing figures and the results of those tests, but not analysing how many of those results lead to an ADRV or a sanction for doping. / read more

At its 9 July meeting, the Ministers Deputies adopted the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, putting it forward for adoption at the 13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers Responsible for Sport on 18 September. It is designed to ‘prevent, detect, punish and discipline the manipulation of sports competitions…enhance the exchange of information…between the public authorities concerned, as well as with sports organisations and sports betting operators.’ / read more


Brazilian footballer Anderson Luis de Souza, commonly known as Deco, successfully appealed against his suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which cleared him of committing an anti-doping violation. Juan de Dios Crespo Pérez and Enric Ripoll González, of Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo Sports Lawyers, analyse the decision, including assessing why the CAS’s jurisdiction over the matter was accepted. / read more

On 20 May, the Paris Civil Court judged that a company allowing the sale of tickets on its internet site for a sporting competition without the authorisation from the sporting federation concerned, constitutes a wrongful action engaging tort liability under French law. Christophe Bertrand, an Avocat with SCPA Bertrand & Associé, examines the decision and the implications It holds for sporting events taking place in France. / read more

As has been extensively reported in the media, Formula One (F1) Chief Executive, Bernie Ecclestone, is charged by German prosecutors with paying a bribe to influence the sale of a stake in F1 during 2005. Dr. Péter Rippel-Szabó, an Associate with Bird & Bird, examines the potential consequences for the governance of F1, should the Munich court find Ecclestone guilty. As well as examining the background to Ecclestone’s trial, this article analyses previous EU case law relating to F1, and its relevance for future F1 stakeholders. / read more

Up until recently, it was common for more than one club to own the economic rights to a player in Italy. However, on 27 May, the Italian football association (FIGC) passed Article 102bis, which will phase out such practices by July 2015. Luca Smacchia, a Trainee Lawyer with Studio Legale Grassani-Urbinati e Associati, explains the reasoning behind the decision, as well as analysing the current situation regarding permitted external investment in players across Europe. / read more

Swimming has seen a technological arms race between different swimwear manufacturers, which led to the smashing of a large number of world records through the use of ‘buoyant’ swimsuits. In response, the international swimming federation, FINA, banned ‘non-permeable’ swimsuits and bodysuits in 2009. Sergey Yurlov, a Sports Law Researcher and graduate of Moscow State University’s Law Faculty, explains how FINA is attempting to keep pace with new technological developments in the sport, and examines legal issues that can arise in this area. / read more

The UK High Court recently dismissed Danish Kaneria’s appeal against a life ban from cricket and two costs orders totalling £200,000. Tom Burrows and Chris Paget, of Sheridans, examine Kaneria’s arguments as to why the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) Arbitral Award should be set aside, and an appeal allowed. They examine the legal basis of his arguments, including why Kaneria’s argument that the limits on fines contained within the 2009 version of the ECB’s regulations was rejected. / 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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