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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 15 Issue: 10
(October 2017)


Following the hearing of the former chair of FIFA’s Governance Committee, Miguel Maduro, before the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (‘DCMS’) Committee in September 20171, in which Miguel provided evidence to MPs about his experiences at FIFA, World Sports Advocate spoke to Miguel about what changes he believes need to be made within FIFA, and whether he has any regrets. / read more

The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (‘US Attorney’s Office’) announced on 26 September 2017 the arrest of ten individuals alleged to have taken part in wire fraud, bribery, and conspiracy in connection with ‘two related fraud and corruption schemes’ involving National Collegiate Athletic Association (‘NCAA’) basketball programs. The US Department of Justice (‘DoJ’) press release states that the arrests include four Division I NCAA men’s basketball coaches and a senior executive at a major athletic apparel company, who are alleged to have taken part in “corrupt practice in which highly rated high school and college basketball players were steered toward lucrative business deals with agents, advisors, and an international athletics apparel company,” stated FBI Assistant Director William F Sweeney. / read more


It is no secret that FIFA and FIFA associated football officials have been embroiled in a series of scandals over the course of the past several years. From the arrangement of television marketing rights through the International Sport and Leisure Corporation to the more current series of cases involving members of the FIFA Executive Committee allegedly selling their influence, the members of both the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee (‘FIFA Ethics Committee IC’) and the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee (‘FIFA Ethics Committee AC’) have been busy attempting to enforce the application of the FIFA Code of Ethics. This process has touched the highest offices in the football world; however there is one case, that of Harold Mayne-Nicholls, that appears to be quite different. Juan de Dios Crespo Pérez and Paolo Torchetti of Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo Sport Lawyers, analyse the case of Mayne-Nicholls in detail and the legal ramifications of the delays throughout the legal proceedings, which resulted in Mayne-Nicholls serving a longer ban from football than was ultimately handed down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. / read more

The UK Government is introducing a new tax relief for corporate spending on grassroots sport. This relief is specifically aimed at the grassroots not professional or semi-professional sport and is welcome. As from 1 April 2017 an unlimited corporation tax deduction will be available for payments by National Governing Bodies (‘NGBs’) of sport and companies that make contributions to them for grassroots spending. Other UK companies will be able to deduct up to £2,500pa from their taxable profits for grassroots contributions. With a current corporation tax rate of 19% this new relief should provide valuable help to many voluntary sports organisations that are hard pressed for funds. The Government believes that this will incentivise contributions to grassroots sport at all levels and in doing so facilitate participation. It will help NGBs, their Regional and County Associations and member clubs as well as those companies which make donations to them. This new relief is potentially of wide application and in this article Richard Baldwin MBE, a Sports Tax Consultant and Hon. Tax Adviser to the Sport & Recreation Alliance, explains how sport successfully argued for the new relief, and how it works, and examines the wider opportunities it creates. / read more

In this article, Benoît Keane an EU Sports Lawyer at Keane Legal, analyses the recent Topps case concerning football collectibles, and explains its importance for sport rights. / read more

The Latin expression mala fide seems to summarise perfectly the final chapter of the Salah drama, in which Chelsea FC condemned ACF Fiorentina’s attempt to “extort” money from the Club and former player Mohamed Salah, after being cleared of wrongdoing by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in CAS 2016/A/4816 ACF Fiorentina v. Mohamed Salah Ghaly & Chelsea FC. Salah spent the second half of the 2014/15 season on loan at ACF Fiorentina from Chelsea FC, then joined Serie A rivals A.S. Roma on loan for the start of the 2015/16 season. ACF Fiorentina believed they had an agreement in place with Chelsea FC to extend Salah’s loan for another season and subsequently made a complaint to FIFA, alleging a breach of contract. Salah’s party argued that the player’s consent was needed before an extension to the loan could be agreed. FIFA quashed ACF Fiorentina’s complaint in May 2016 and, 13 months later, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (‘CAS’) has come to the same conclusion, with interesting remarks on the interpretation of a contract and the parties’ behaviour, as Matteo Di Francesco, Italian Labour and Sports Lawyer, explains. / 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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