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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 7 Issue: 3
(March 2009)


The European Commission will analyse whether it agrees with a report, produced by the Institute of European Affairs (INEA) and commissioned by FIFA, which concluded that FIFA's proposed '6+5' rule is compatible with European law. / read more

The Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) dismissed claims that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is considering taking legal action over allegations that the ECB wanted the PCA to put pressure on players to agree new contracts with Sir Allen Stanford - sponsor of the Twenty20 events. / read more

UK Government's The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) launched a consultation on ticket re-sales and ticket touting on 19 February, which recommends 'new measures around ticket distribution practice that allow returns and exchanges within a club-affiliated environment'. / read more


FIFA commissioned the Institute for European Affairs to conduct an independent report into its plans to introduce a rule that would require the starting 11 of any club to contain six players eligible for the national team in which that club is based. Professor Ulrich Battis, one of the authors of the report and Kathrin Kuhnert, both from Humboldt University in Berlin, outline the findings. / read more

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has accepted that it is unlikely to secure any further Tier One £40 million plus sponsors for the London 2012 Olympic Games, although it is still £200 million short of its £650 million target for private sector sponsorship. Anna Giles, a Trainee Solicitor at Wragge & Co LLP, discusses the Olympic sponsorship opportunities, who is already benefiting from sponsorship deals, and questions whether the Games can help contribute to the UK's economic recovery. / read more

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) terminated its contracts with Sir Allen Stanford sponsor of the Stanford Twenty20 events - after charges of fraud were brought against him. Angus Bujalski, an Associate at Michael Simkins LLP, differentiates between the aims of the morality clause - allowing sponsors to terminate contracts if an athlete brings the sponsor into disrepute and the so-called reverse morality agreement - which allows athletes or sporting organisations to terminate contracts if the sponsor brings the athlete or sporting organisation into disrepute. Plus, the article questions what sporting organisations can learn from the Stanford case when entering sponsorship agreements. / read more

The French police recently interviewed a number of officials from top French rugby union clubs in a case involving an unauthorised players' agent. Bruno Quentin and Marc Peltier of Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI, discuss the current players' agents rules under the French sports code and the French Rugby Federation's (FFR) regulations, which require applicants to pass an exam showing competency in France's law, tax procedures and the FFR's regulations. / read more

Ramon Calderon resigned as President of Real Madrid recently, after it was revealed that individuals who voted at the club's Annual Delegates Meeting were not registered delegates of Real Madrid, but friends of Calderon, and therefore unable to vote. Borja Echegoyen, Daniel Berry, Hector Romero, Jaime de la Lastra and Jose Manuel Piñeiro of Hammonds, examine the case itself and discuss the legal and corporate considerations it gives rise to, plus, discuss Spanish football's corporate structure in comparison to the English Premier League. / read more

Injuries sustained from combat sports - i.e. Mixed Martial Arts, which includes a mixture of martial arts, kick-boxing and ju-jitsu techniques - fall outside of the UK's civil and criminal laws on assault, as long as it is seen to be in the 'public interest'. Julian Summerhayes, an Associate at Foot Anstey Solicitors, discusses whether the UK legislature or judiciary should decide that combat sports are no longer in the public interest and should no longer be excluded from criminal and civil laws on assault. / 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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