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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 9 Issue: 9
(September 2011)


News

FC Sion is planning to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after UEFA rejected its appeal against expulsion from the Europa League for fielding ineligible players on 13 September. "We will probably appeal against UEFA's decision to reject our appeal, but without much hope because it is our view that the CAS is not independent", said a spokesperson from FC Sion. / read more

UEFA is seeking an Integrity Affairs Lawyer who will work alongside Integrity Officers in all 53 Member Associations to combat potential match-fixing, it confirmed following its first Integrity Officers workshop on 15 September. / read more

International sporting federations, betting operators, regulators and more will gather at the Law Society offices in London on 29 September for Sport & Gambling 2011, a conference organised by World Sports Law Report and sister publication, World Online Gambling Law Report. / read more


Features

Whilst there is a history of athletes using defamation to prevent the revelation of information that might damage their reputation, a number of sporting bodies have recently found themselves in a similar position. Tom Burrows, a Trainee Solicitor with Paris Smith LLP, examines the implications of the government's draft Defamation Bill for sport in the context of recent defamation claims involving the Rugby Football Union and the England and Wales Cricket Board. / read more

The UK government has launched a consultation on its proposals to expand the Gambling Commission's powers to share information on suspicious betting patterns with international sporting federations. Andrew Danson, a Senior Associate with K&L Gates, explains what has changed. / read more

The Turkish Public Prosecutor, Turkish Football Federation and UEFA have all become involved in sanctioning clubs and individuals for their alleged role in match fixing. E. Benan Arseven, a Partner with Moroglu Arseven, examines the investigations, regulations and rules behind these proposed sanctions. He explains how the Turkish Football Federation's decision to postpone its decision until it receives access to evidence accumulated by the public prosecutor could end up harming Turkish football further. / read more

Professor Ian Blackshaw, a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), outlines how the CAS ensures the independence of its Arbitrators. He also explains methods for challenging the independence of Arbitrators, highlighting that applicants must only provide reasons one might suspect bias to challenge the independence of an Arbitrator - proof of bias need not be provided. / read more

Scotland has introduced proposals for a new 'hate crime' offence specific to football supporters with the introduction of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Bill. Chris Anderson, an Associate with Brabners Chaffe Street LLP qualified in both Scotland and England, explains the reach of the new Bill. / read more

On 1 August 2011, a new version of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) came into force amending Article 64, which sets out sanctions for parties that fail to respect a decision of FIFA. The Article now obliges National Associations to incorporate the sanctioning provisions provided within Article 64 of the FDC into their own regulations. Volker Hesse, a founding Partner with Viva Sports Law - Consulting and former Deputy Head of Disciplinary & Governance of FIFA, examines the changes to the FDC and highlights issues that could arise because of the new requirement for National Associations to implement sanctions against parties that fail to respect a decision of FIFA. / 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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