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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 11 Issue: 6
(June 2013)


New Champions League and Disciplinary Regulations brought in by UEFA allow it to sanction clubs for ever being involved with match-fixing. Article 2.04(g) of the Regulations of the UEFA Champions League 2012-15 Cycle: 2013/14 season allow UEFA to refuse a licence to any club involved with match-fixing ‘after the entry into force of Article 50(3) of the UEFA Statutes – i.e. 27 April 2007’. Article 2.10 allows UEFA to refer a case to its Control and Disciplinary Body, ‘if there is any doubt as to whether a club fulfils…admission criteria’, which would apply UEFA’s Disciplinary Regulations. / read more

Italian football’s Serie B will introduce a salary cap on player wages during the 2013/14 season that will limit the payments Serie A makes to its 22 clubs, if exceeded. The €300,000 cap is divided into €150,000 in wages and €150,000 in bonuses that must qualify as such under pre-determined criteria. These allow for 50% of the €150,000 to be paid as club bonuses – i.e. if the club qualifies for Serie A – and 50% as individual bonuses. The cap will apply to new contracts only from July this year. / read more

UEFA conducted a spot-check on the Greek football association (EPO) on 6 June, to check whether it is correctly implementing its Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations. “The regulations allow UEFA to conduct spot-checks on clubs or associations”, confirmed a UEFA spokesperson, referring to Article 71 of the Regulations. “We do not have any further details to provide on specific cases”. / read more


Vijay Singh filed a lawsuit on 8 May seeking damages from the PGA Tour for its ‘reckless administration and implementation of its Anti-Doping Program’, after it suspended the Fijian golfer for use of ‘deer antler spray’. Stacey Shevill, an Associate with Squire Sanders, examines the case and the implications of bringing such an action against anti-doping authorities. / read more

A quirk in the Football League’s regulations means that international loans are not classified as permanent transfers, thereby not counting towards the limit of five loan players on any team sheet. Lewis Silkin’s Iain McDonald and Susie Jarrold explain how Watford profited from this during the 2012/13 season, by bringing large numbers of loan players to England from overseas. They also explain moves to close this loophole next season. / read more

The amended rules of the Court of Arbitration for Sport came into force on 1 March 2013. Roy Levy, an Attorney with Probst Attorneys, highlights the most important changes, including those that could lead to challenges to CAS decisions before the Swiss Federal Tribunal. / read more

At the end of 2012, the Channel Island of Guernsey created the world’s first registrable image right that can register a person’s image, nicknames, videos, mannerisms and distinctive characteristics. David Evans and Jason Romer, of Collas Crill IP, explain the advantages of the process, how it works and how it has been utilised by sports stars such as tennis’s Heather Watson. / read more

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that TV Catchup’s retransmission of free-to-air broadcasts to UK TV licence holders constituted a new ‘communication to the public’ within the meaning of Article 3(1) of the Copyright Directive. Tom Burrows, an Associate with Sheridans, examines the implications of the ruling and the dangers that such services hold for sports broadcasters and rights owners. / 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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