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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 11 Issue: 11
(November 2013)


France’s Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) clubs have agreed to take part in European Rugby Cup (ERC) competitions for the 2014/15 season only, on the condition that English clubs also compete. The LNR and Premier Rugby, which represents England’s 12 Aviva Premiership clubs, are planning a new Rugby Champions Cup competition, however the participation of the French clubs was derailed by Fédération Française du Rugby (FFR) regulations and France’s Code du Sport. / read more

The Swiss Federal Supervisory Authority will review why the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed Clause 10.4.3 ‘Substances of Abuse’ from the final draft of the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code (WADC), before the end of this year. The Professional Players’ Federation (PPF) instructed Dr. Lucien W. Valloni, a Partner with Froriep law firm, to file the case on 5 November. / read more

The UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) investigatory chamber has referred six clubs involved in 2013/14 UEFA club competitions to its adjudicatory chamber concerning overdue payables, and a sanctioning decision is expected before the end of the year. The CFCB had asked 31 clubs to submit information regarding overdue payables as of 30 September 2013, and has closed cases against 25 clubs. It has also returned the prize money previously withheld from six clubs pending further investigation into overdue payables as on 30 June 2013. / read more


The Penn State sexual abuse case in US college sports raised eyebrows not only because of the seriousness of the allegations, but also because US college sport seemed unable to adequately deal with such a situation. Dr David McArdle, of Stirling Law School, considers the implications that this case could have for the regulation of sport in both the US and overseas. / read more

The World Anti-Doping Agency decided against including Clause 10.4.3 on ‘substances of abuse’ in the final draft of the World Anti-Doping Code, which was approved at the recent World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg. Simon Taylor, General Secretary of the Professional Players’ Federation, explains why his organisation supports a reduction of sanctions for athletes who return a positive for recreational drugs, where there was no intent to enhance sporting performance. / read more

Kevin Pietersen recently settled a dispute with optician Specsavers, over a humorous advert which implied that Pietersen had tampered with his bat during The Ashes in order to deceive Hot Spot, a thermal imaging system used to detect 'edges' in cricket. Duncan Lamont and Hannah Haynes, of Charles Russell, explain the case and examine in what circumstances it can be worth pursuing an action against advertisers. They also explain in what circumstances an athlete's image can be used in advertising for free. / read more

Setting in place a performance-related bonus structure is an arduous task for many football clubs. Set the bonuses too low, and you risk player dissatisfaction. Set it too high, and the club risks bankruptcy. Richard Berry, an Associate in the Sports Group at Lewis Silkin, examines recent issues regarding player bonuses and asks whether the normal pay structures within English football are moving towards incentive-based pay. / read more

Current tests for blood doping require venipuncture to draw blood samples from athletes. Such sampling is invasive and expensive. James Rupert of the School of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia, describes a new, potentially cheaper DNA-based test that he has proposed to the United States Anti-Doping Agency. / 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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