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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 8 Issue: 2
(February 2010)


Italy has become the first country to fine athletes for doping. The Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano (CONI) made all 109 athletes and officials wishing to participate at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics sign an agreement to pay €100,000 if they report a positive drug test. / read more

German 1.Bundesliga club Hannover 96 is challenging paragraph 8.2 of the Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) Statutes, which prevents outside investors from taking a majority stake in a 1 or 2 Bundesliga club, in the Permanent Court of Arbitration. / read more

Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is in discussion with the FA Premier League (FAPL) about whether clubs are paying salary through image rights companies set up by players, as image rights are taxed at a lower rate than income. It is understood that HMRC suspects that such deals are being used to attract foreign players put off by UK tax rates. / read more


European football's regulator, UEFA, has recently announced Financial Fair Play proposals, designed to prevent clubs spending more than they earn. Rod Findlay, a Partner with McDaniel & Co. Solicitors and the former in-house lawyer at England's Rugby Football League, examines UEFA's current financial regulations and its new proposals and compares them with financial regulation systems used by other sports. He discusses the limits of financial regulation proposals and questions whether or not they will achieve their aims. / read more

In 2009, The International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency provided financial assistance to SportAccord to develop doping support services to assist SportAccord's members, international sporting federations. Françoise Dagouret, Manager of SportAccord's Doping-Free Sport Unit, details its work to date. / read more

The Spanish government has recently limited an exemption allowing foreign workers to pay a lower level of income tax to those earning under €600,000 per annum. Bartolomé Sánchez, an Associate with Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, examines difficulties with the new regime, and explains how it will create issues for sport and professional athletes, especially footballers. / read more

The Coalition of Athletes for Inclusion in Sport has recently provided the International Olympic Committee with an alternative to its Gender Policy. Kristen Worley, Co-Founder of the Coalition, explains why an alternative is needed as well as its proposed alternative. / read more

The Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) recently reversed its decision to exempt Sikh boxers from the rule requiring amateur boxers to be clean shaven for competitions. Religious groups contend that the arguments put forward by the ABAE are not valid, asserting that the decision discriminates against boxers who have beards because of religious beliefs. Sean Cottrell, Co-Editor of and a former amateur boxer, examines whether the decision to require boxers to be clean shaven for safety reasons constitutes a restriction on freedom of religion. / read more

We asked members of World Sports Law Report's editorial board to highlight what they think will be the main sports law issues during 2010. In this article, they set out their responses. / 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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