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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 14 Issue: 3
(March 2016)


On 26 February the Court of Arbitration for Sport (‘CAS’) announced that it will substitute the suspended All Russia Athletics Federation (‘ARAF’) and adjudicate in eight doping cases brought against Russian athletes, five of which have been agreed as sole instance proceedings. By substituting for a national anti-doping tribunal, the CAS may be signalling a move to a more active role in the adjudication of doping offences. However, concerns exist with regards to the right to appeal of the athletes and the protection of procedural rights. / read more

The governing bodies of tennis, the ATP, the WTA, the ITF and Grand Slam Board released on 12 February, the ‘terms of reference’ of the Independent Review Panel (‘IRP’) appointed to investigate allegations of corruption in tennis and potential failures of the Tennis Integrity Unit. / read more

The Extraordinary FIFA Congress held in Zurich on 26 February approved a set of reforms to FIFA’s governance structure, which includes improvements to the governance of global football, whilst electing Gianni Infantino as the new FIFA President for the remainder of the current term of office. / read more


The recent allegations of corruption in sport have brought some light into an otherwise dark world. The investigation led by the Independent Commission appointed by WADA uncovered widespread corruption deeply rooted within the core of athletics. Yet, the attention of the media, and sports disciplinary bodies, remains heavily focused on athletes. Howard L. Jacobs, Attorney at Law, discusses the question: who is protecting the athletes when they are badly served by or even potential victims of their own sports authorities? / read more

Following the Extraordinary FIFA Congress held in February, Trevor Watkins, Julian Diaz-Rainey and Alex Richardson of Pinsent Mason’s Global Sport Advisory Team, consider what the future holds for FIFA as it embarks on implementing its reform programme and the challenges that lay ahead for the new President. / read more

The procedural rules of sports related arbitration are often interpreted by extrapolating the principles of international commercial arbitration, which whilst broadly useful can result in inaccuracies or in the failure to acknowledge the particular characteristics of dispute resolution in sport. Marco Vedovatti, a Swiss and Spanish qualified Attorney at Law at Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, reviews a recent decision rendered by the Swiss Federal Tribunal that could restrict the fundamental rights of parties that lodge an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. / read more

Saturday 6 February, it’s the 77th minute of a football match between Liverpool and Sunderland, and local fans at Anfield, home of Liverpool FC, abandon the stands in protest against the skyrocketing ticket prices. The ‘walk-out’ staged by an organised group of Liverpool fans is the latest public demonstration in response to the excessive cost of watching a live football match. David Winnie, Head of the Sports Law team at Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP, dissects the reasons behind the increasing cost of attending English football matches, reviews the policies in force in the German league and hints at possible solutions to this dispute. / read more

Recent allegations involving match manipulation surfacing during this year’s Australian Open and in Dutch football have reminded audiences of the tangible threat and the billions such actions generate for organised crime every year, and yet despite this, few countries have issued specific regulations to tackle the problem. Instead, many governments have attempted to deal with match fixing with existing fraud regulation, which faces a heavy evidentiary burden and can encounter legal loopholes. In this article, Dr Laila Mintas, an Attorney at Law and member of the World Sports Law Report editorial board, comments on a recent proposal to modify the German Criminal Code and reviews the pertinence of the proposed amendments aimed at criminalising the manipulation of sport competitions. / 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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