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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 7 Issue: 5
(May 2009)


News

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has warned its counties that players could breach its regulations prohibiting players from taking part in tournaments unauthorised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) by contracting with the American Premier League (APL). "The APL has not received approval from the ICC or USACA and therefore would come under our published regulations regarding registration [sections 2.1(b) and 3.4.3]", said an ECB spokesperson. / read more

The FA Premier League will investigate if its rules have been breached if any promoted Football League Championship club has an investment deal with Hero Global Football Fund. It is understood that the Premier League is concerned about the ethics of allowing a company that is financed by player transfers considered illegal under its regulations to fund one of its member clubs. / read more

UK Sport is clarifying aspects of its Athlete Deed to reassure athletes that sign up to the Team 2012 programme that their personal sponsorship deals will not be affected, even if the companies involved are competitors of London 2012 sponsors. / read more


Features

West Ham United's purchase of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano through a third party, followed by the club's escape from relegation at the expense of Sheffield United, led to revisions of the Football Association Premier League's (FAPL) rules on third party influence in player transfers. Sohrab Daneshku, an Associate with Lewis Silkin LLP, assesses the role of the FA arbitration process in compensation negotiations between the two clubs, analyses if a recovery of damages for breach of FAPL rules can withstand criticism for remoteness and examines if other affected parties have a sustainable course of action against West Ham. / read more

Manchester United recently reached an agreement with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), following a complaint that the club's season ticket terms and conditions breach both the Competition Act and the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations. Angus Bujalski, an Associate at Michael Simkins LLP, outlines the extent to which the OFT dealt with the complaint and the implications for other clubs. / read more

For supporters of Southampton and Stockport County, administration and relegation will be compounded with starting a new season with 10 points less than any other team, due to Football League rules on insolvency. Trevor Watkins, a Partner at Clarke Willmott, examines the rationale behind the Football League's insolvency procedure and asks whether it addresses the key issues within the sport. / read more

South Africa was recently chosen as the country to host the Indian Premier League (IPL), after the Indian government announced that it would be unable to guarantee the policing of the tournament due to the country's impending national elections. Angus Bujalski, an Associate at Michael Simkins LLP, examines the commercial impact of moving the IPL. / read more

The Institute for European Affairs (INEA), recently published a report - commissioned by FIFA - stating that FIFA's proposed 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 - is compatible with European Community law. Ian Lynam, an Associate at Charles Russell LLP, discusses some of the arguments put forward in the INEA report and examines whether the 6+5 rule is indeed 'fit for purpose'. / 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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