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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 8 Issue: 5
(May 2010)


The FIFA Ethics Committee is to investigate comments made by former English Football Association (FA) Chairman Lord Triesman, which allege corruption in the 2010 World Cup and in bidding to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. / read more

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has rejected a government plan to limit the tenure of sport administrators, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) sent it a warning letter. / read more

Spain's professional football clubs have urged the Government to pass legislation specifying that audiovisual rights to professional football should be sold centrally, after the Liga BBVA (first division) voted to split from the Liga Adelante (second division). / read more


The lack of compensation for players injured whilst on international duty will be a key concern for many clubs during the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup. Peter Limbert, an Associate Solicitor with Hammonds LLP's Sports Group in London, explains the difficulties that clubs face against the background of FIFA's applicable Regulations and examines whether those Regulations may be open to challenge. / read more

Recent incidents, such as the death of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili during training at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, have again raised the difficult question of who is liable when an athlete dies. Helen Grimberg, a Partner in the Leisure Team at Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP, examines whether consent to the inherent risks involved in sport participation can validly protect against liability when a party other than the athlete is at fault for an athlete's death - a pertinent question given the proximity of the London 2012 Olympics. / read more

In Italy, football Managers do not traditionally have the final say over player signings, unlike in England. However, the rights of Italian football Managers are protected by a Collective Labour Agreement between the football authorities and the Italian football coaches association. Luca Ferrari, of CBA Studio Legale e Tributario, explains how this agreement operates and the obligations it bestows on both clubs and their Managers. / read more

The Fédération Equestre Internationale has taken a number of steps to combat equine doping since six horses tested positive at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, including establishing new anti-doping regulations that distinguish between banned substances and controlled medication substances that can be used out of competition, establishing a more comprehensive list of prohibited substances for horses and establishing its first integrity unit which can investigate suspected anti-doping rule violations. Anna Blakeley, a Solicitor with Bird & Bird's Sports Group, examines these changes. / read more

A recent judgment allowed football players to transfer from a bankrupt professional club to an amateur club outside of the transfer window, against the wishes of the Dutch football association (KNVB). Mads Frost, a Lawyer with Lett Law Firm, examines to what extent FIFA's Regulations allow national associations to govern when a player can move clubs, the KNVB's regulations on transfers, and the reasoning of the Court in deciding that the KNVB's regulations cannot be in conflict with principles enshrined in national law. / 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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