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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 11 Issue: 8
(August 2013)


A rule change proposed by the Malaysian National Cycling Federation will allow Pat McQuaid to stand for re-election as President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), despite his nomination being withdrawn by his own national federation. ‘The candidates for the presidency shall be nominated by the federation of the candidate’, reads Article 51 of the UCI Constitution. / read more

A Bill has been put forward to the French National Assembly proposing a merger of the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) and its online gambling regulator (ARJEL), to create the authority on the integrity of sport and online gambling (AISJEL). The Bill has been returned to the National Assembly’s commission for cultural affairs and education for revision, following its first reading on 26 July. / read more

Spain’s Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) has created an integrity department that will combat match-fixing and audio-visual fraud. ‘The new department is operational and has been working for more than a month on issues related to match-fixing, illegal betting, piracy and illegal broadcasting over the internet’, read a 19 July statement. / read more


The FA Premier League and Serie B have become the latest European leagues to consider the introduction of cost controls. Javier Sanz Ortiz, a practising Attorney who represents athletes and agents, examines the economic need for a salary cap; the reasons why it has been resisted; potential challenges under EU law; applicable Court of Justice of the EU rulings; and why a salary cap may not be considered a restriction on the free movement of workers. / read more

In April 2013, a Spanish court dismissed a claim filed by the Padel Pro Tour against the World Padel Tour for breach of contract, recognising the right of players to set up their own, rival, tournament. Ricardo Gentzsch, a Business Developer at Corporate Defense International Ltd., examines the lessons that this holds for other athletes interested in setting up their own tournament. / read more

On 17 June, a Dutch Anti-Doping Approach Research and Advisory Commission presented its recommendations, after investigating whether a ‘doping culture’ existed in Dutch cycling. The Commission had been created in December 2012 by the Royal Dutch Cycling Federation (KNWU) and the Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation (NOC*NSF) in response to the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) report on the Armstrong case and the withdrawal of Rabobank from team sponsorship in men’s professional cycling in Autumn 2012. Michiel I. van Dijk, a Partner with CMS Law Tax, examines the report’s findings. / read more

FIFA has recently released its guidelines on use of its official marks by non-sponsor brands in relation to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which are similar to the requirements of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in relation to London 2012. Jon Walters, a Senior Associate with Charles Russell LLP, examines London 2012 advertising campaigns that managed to get around the regulations, including product placement drives. He also examines the possibility of future universal ambush marketing legislation in the UK. / read more

UEFA and the European Professional Football Leagues withdrew from an information-sharing agreement with the European Sports Security Association (ESSA) earlier this year. Khalid Ali, Secretary General of the ESSA, gives his view that this signals European football’s intention to prioritise the commercial benefits of relationships with the gambling sector rather than integrity issues, stating that the International Olympic Committee’s approach to integrity is the right one. / 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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