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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 6 Issue: 9
(September 2008)


West Ham United is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against a ruling of an independent tribunal - convened under Football Association (FA) rules - that it should compensate Sheffield United for its relegation from the FA Premier League (FAPL) at the end of the 2006/7 season, as it had broken FAPL rules in bringing two players to the club that ensured its survival. / read more

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will be served with a lawsuit within 30-60 days, as part of a class action lawsuit alleging that $3.5 million was paid for tickets for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games which either failed to Injury compensation arrive or were fraudulent. / read more

Jonathan Crystal, the Barrister who represented Dwain Chambers in his High Court appeal against a British Olympic Association (BOA) lifetime ban from the Olympic Games, will provide a case study of Chambers' appeal at Tackling Doping in Sport, a World Sports Law Report Briefing hosted at the London offices of Charles Russell on 22 October. / read more


The High Court recently awarded a former Manchester United youth player £4.3 million in damages after a tackle ended his career. Stephen Farrow, an Associate with Norton Rose LLP, examines how the court assessed Collet's possibility of future earnings in determining compensation, and assesses the implications of the case for players, who may now consider pursuing compensation claims if they are forced into early retirement through injury and for clubs, who should examine their insurance policies to see if they are covered in the event of such a claim. / read more

South African athlete and double amputee, Oscar Pistorius, was successful in an appeal against a decision of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), who had ruled that his prosthetic limbs gave him an advantage over 'able bodied' runners. Michael Murphy, an Associate with Garlicke & Bousfield, explains the CAS' reasoning for rejecting the IAAF's argument and the implications of the ruling for Pistorius and sport's decision-making process. / read more

Australian Canterbury Bulldogs rugby league player, Sonny Bill Williams, attracted media headlines when securing a transfer to a French rugby union club whilst four years remained on his contract, resulting in the matter coming before an Australian court. Claude Harran, a Lawyer with Kelly Hazell Lawyers, examines the court's consideration of whether contractual terms preventing participation in other forms of professional sport constitute a restraint of trade, the difficulty in serving court documents due to jurisdictional issues and the court's failure to address Williams' challenge to rugby league's salary cap. / read more

European Courts traditionally have been reluctant to get involved in sporting disputes and often encourage sporting bodies and athletes to opt for alternative dispute resolution as a method of settlement. Ian Blackshaw, International Sports Lawyer, argues that there is a fine line between encouragement and enforcement of alternative dispute resolution, which could breach Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. / read more

The CCPR, formerly the Central Council of Recreation, is the alliance of some 280 national governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation across the UK, spanning the whole spectrum of the sector, from football to folkdance and rounders to rugby, including organisations as diverse as the Football Association (FA), the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) and the British Darts Organisation (BDO). / 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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