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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 9 Issue: 11
(November 2011)


Cricketers Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt lost appeals against their sentences for 'spot-fixing' during the August 2010 England v Pakistan test on 23 November, whilst Mohammed Asif announced his intention to appeal his conviction. Amir was jailed for six months, Asif for one year and Butt for 30 months by Southwark Crown Court on 3 November. / read more

A report presented to a 20 November World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Foundation Board meeting will determine how the British Olympic Association (BOA) will defend Byelaw 7.4, which bans athletes suspended for doping for over six months from Great Britain Olympic team selection. / read more

The integrity and impartiality of India's National Doping Agency (NADA) has been questioned after players and teams were disqualified from the second Kabaddi World Cup, 1-20 November. / read more


The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) recently ruled that Rule 45 of the Olympic Charter - which bans 'convicted' dopers from competing at the next edition of the Olympic Games following expiration of their suspension - is 'invalid and unenforceable'. Paul J. Greene, an Attorney with Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios LLP, examines the reasoning behind the CAS decision, who stands to benefit from it and the impact it will have on other sporting bodies with similar rules in place. / read more

Southsea pub landlady Karen Murphy took on the Football Association Premier League (FAPL) after it prosecuted her for using a decoder card to screen Premier League football at her pub, rather than paying for a commercial licence to screen the games. Vanessa Barnett, a Partner with Charles Russell LLP, examines the background to the case, the reasons for referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union and the implications it has for the broadcasting of sport within the EU. / read more

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has recently approved a new transgender 'policy' to clarify the eligibility of transgender student athletes in US University sport. Shawn Markus Crincoli, an Associate Professor of Law with Touro College, examines whether it could be subject to challenge and assesses whether the NCAA 'policy' could provide a blueprint for other sporting organisations looking to implement a transgender policy. / read more

Brazilian player Ilson Pereira Dias Junior refused to extend his contract with Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, arguing that a clause in his contract obliging him to extend by one year unless the club elected to sell him in the first two years of his contact was illegal. Adam Whyte, an Abogado with Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo, examines the Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) reasoning in deciding this case, comparing the methodology in awarding compensation with that used in other CAS cases involving FIFA's Article 17, such as Webster, Matuzalem and El-Hadary. / read more

At time of press, Manchester City were deciding what action should be taken against Carlos Tevez after an apparent refusal to take the field following instruction from club manager Roberto Mancini. Katie Simmonds, Head of Sports Law at Burlingtons Legal LLP, examines the difficulties that football clubs face in taking action against players during contractual disputes. / 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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