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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 6 Issue: 5
(May 2008)


The four bodies governing international tennis will seek the support of sporting bodies in creating a global anti-corruption unit, funded by the bookmaking industry in return for a 'right to bet' on sporting events. / read more

World Sports Law Report is organising a Briefing examining key issues with player contracts. The full-day Briefing will be held in the London offices of international sports law specialist, Hammonds, on 8 July and will analyse the difficulty that sport faces in producing regulations that protect its integrity, but also comply with EU law. / read more

FIFA will present its '6+5' plan to 208 national associations at its 58th Congress in Sydney, 29-30 May, despite a warning from the European Parliament not to introduce rules that discriminate on the basis of nationality. / read more


FIFA's Article 17 mandates that the electoral procedure of national football associations should guarantee the independence of elections, which FIFA used to threaten to suspend Spain from Euro 2008 unless the Spanish government allowed the Spanish football federation's elections to proceed this autumn, as planned. Mark Afeeva, a Barrister with Matrix Chambers, assesses how FIFA has used Article 17 against political interference in football, and whether its intervention is appropriate. / read more

At its final conference on 15 February 2008, G-14 (the body that described itself as representing Europe's leading soccer clubs) agreed to dissolve itself. The members will now join the European clubs organisation, which represents a broader church and contains UEFA representatives. At the same time, G-14 and Charleroi F.C. have abandoned their widely publicised legal actions against the FIFA player release rules. / read more

Mike Morgan, a Solicitor with Hammonds, examines the High Court's reasoning in Kevin Blackwell v News Group Newspapers Ltd, Mark Irwin and Kenneth Bates1, which examined if comments made in a national newspaper constituted defamation and express malice and if so, was Mr. Bates entitled to a qualified privilege or fair comment defence. / read more

Professional sportsmen, footballers in particular, have often been criticised by team managers or ex-footballers for missing games due to the birth of children. Stephen Farrow, an Associate with Norton Rose LLP, examines how paternity leave regulations entitle athletes to take this leave, which are due to be extended further by the government. / read more

The recent settlement made by the Daily Express to football agent, Willie McKay, over a story alleging he had been involved in suspect transfers and transfer fraud, highlights the responsibilities placed on the media when running public interest stories and the requirements for it to successfully rely on the 'Reynolds privilege' defence in cases of alleged defamation. Sohrab Daneshku and Rod Dadak, of Lewis Silkin LLP, examine the case. / read more

Rules on multiple club ownership in France are laid down by the state's commercial code, not by the rules of national sporting associations. Marc Peltier, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and an Associate with Gide Loyrette Nouel, analyses the evolution of these rules and how they comply with the European Commission's guidance on multiple club ownership under the White Paper on Sport. / 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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