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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 7 Issue: 7
(July 2009)


News

The European Commission has said that it supports the principle of sporting organisations selling a 'right to bet' to betting operators. "In principle, we take a positive view of the French idea of creating exploitation rights of sport event organisers from the sports betting operators", said Michal Krejza, Head of the Sport Unit, Directorate General for Education and Culture at a meeting organised ahead of the UK Central Council for Physical Recreation's European Sport Summit on 16 June. / read more

England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) has told four former Bath players to appear before an RFU disciplinary panel, where they will be charged with 'conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game' under Rule 5.12(f ) of the RFU's Membership rules, following allegations that they have taken prohibited substances and refused to take drug tests. / read more

Control and UEFA's Disciplinary Board suspended two Chelsea FC players on 17 June, for insulting the referee by making offensive comments, an act which is illegal under Article 10 of UEFA's Disciplinary Regulations, which allows for players to be suspended for a 'specified period for pestering or insulting any match official'. / read more


Features

The Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) decision to award FC Shaktar Donetsk 11.9 million as compensation for Matuzalem Francelino da Silva's unilateral breach of his contract acts as a warning that the CAS' previous ruling in 'Webster' does not give players a green light to pay nominal compensation to join new clubs. Stephen Sampson, a Partner with Hammonds LLP, examines the background of the case, how the CAS determined compensation levels and lessons from the decision, such as that agreements between parties on compensation for contract breaches must be respected. / read more

The All Party Parliamentary Football Group (APFG) recently released its report into 'English Football and its Governance', which updates the Group's 2004 report into 'English Football and its Finances'. Alan Keen MP, Chair of the APFG, explains the issues outlined in the report and the recommendations it makes for change. / read more

The Serie A clubs of the Lega Nazionale Professionisti (LNP) recently decided to break away from the LNP to form its own independent league, the Lega Serie A. Luca Ferrari, a Partner at CBA Studio Legale e Tributario, explains the plans, potential issues with them and Serie B's planned opposition. / read more

Sporting event organisers face a difficult task in deciding where to draw the line between acceptable news reporting and unacceptable over-coverage. If media accreditation terms are too onerous, then media organisations will not report on the event, however if they are too soft, then broadcasters will not pay big rights fees. An Australian Senate Committee recently examined this issue, including whether the Copyright Act should be amended to provide better protection for sports event organisers. Claude Harran, a Lawyer with Kelly Hazell Quill, examines the findings. / read more

Two years ago, the international basketball federation (FIBA) set up the FIBA Arbitral Tribunal (FAT) - its own dispute resolution body - with the aim of settling disputes speedily and effectively. Ian Blackshaw, an international sports lawyer, examines how the FAT works. / 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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