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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 6 Issue: 2
(February 2008)


News

The FA Premier League's proposal for an 'International Round' of club matches must gain approval from world football's governing body, FIFA, which said it would 'analyse any proposals on the basis of the provisions existing about the relevant topic in FIFA's Statutes and Regulations' at a FIFA Executive Committee meeting, on 14 March in Zurich. / read more

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has developed a draft International Standard for the Protection of Privacy, which all parties that collect personal data to tackle antidoping in sport must adhere to. / read more

UK Athletics will review its selection policy after it was forced to name Dwain Chambers, who has served a two-year drugs ban, as part of the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland team that will compete at the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) World Indoor Championships in Valencia, 7-9 March. / read more


Features

Recent cases, such as Watford's Alhassan Bangura's immigration appeal and appeals from Spanish clubs over Spanish football federation player quota rules, have highlighted issues with rules restricting the entry of non-EEA footballers into European countries. Barrister Simon Pentol examines the Home Office criteria for granting UK work permits to Commonwealth footballers, and assesses if an overhaul is needed. / read more

The German football association's (Deutscher Fußball-Bund) legal action against referee Robert Hoyzer, in which it seeks €1.8 million in compensation for the matches he was convicted of fixing in 2005, marks the first time in German sporting history that a national association has sought damages from a referee. Dr. Martin Schimke, an attorney with Bird & Bird in Düsseldorf, examines the DFB's claim against the background of the case, before a judgment is delivered in March. / read more

The approval of the National Sport and Recreation Amendment Act, which provides for ministerial intervention in sports matters, prompted comments that it may contravene the IOC Charter and FIFA statutes, which prohibit government involvement in sport. Michael Murphy, an attorney with Garlick & Bousfield, examines when the Act provides for ministerial intervention and how its equity aims fit within South Africa's constitution and law. / read more

The High Court has dismissed an appeal from a Southsea pub landlady against her conviction in a Magistrates Court of screening two Premier League games using a Greek NOVA system, after her appeal to Portsmouth Crown Court was dismissed. Paul Smith, a solicitor at Hammonds who reported on the original Magistrates decision in a previous edition of World Sports Law Report, analyses the arguments and the decision, explaining how it clarifies that pleading ignorance of the illegality of the situation may work only once, at best. / read more

The Scottish Parliament's Commonwealth Games Bill, introduced on the same day that Glasgow was awarded the right to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, is currently in its first stage of consideration, with consultation lasting until 29 February. John Schmidt and Joanna Boag-Thomson, of Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, examine whether the Bill's provisions relating to ticket touting and advertising could breach European legislation. / 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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