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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 15 Issue: 8
(August 2017)


A proposal to introduce tax incentives in the UK for spending on grassroots sport by allowing companies to make tax deductions for their spending will be reintroduced, the UK’s HM Treasury announced on 14 July 2017. The UK Government has confirmed that the proposal will be reintroduced in the second Finance Bill in September, taking effect from April 2017 as originally intended. The Government put forward the proposal in its Finance Bill 2017 published on 20 March 2017, but proposals were dropped due to the UK’s General Election in June. / read more

The English Premier League announced on 25 July 2017 that it has obtained a High Court Order that introduces a new block on illicit streaming of Premier League football matches for the entirety of the 2017/18 season. The High Court granted the Premier League a ‘live’ blocking Order for the first time for the remainder of the 2016/17 season on 8 March 2017, which has been deemed to be “highly effective” by the Premier League, which claims that the first Order blocked more than 5,000 servers that had been streaming its content illegally. / read more


The deadline for the International Association of Athletics Federations (‘IAAF’) to submit evidence in support of its Hyperandrogenism Regulation, which was suspended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (‘CAS’) two years ago, is the end of September 2017. Katrina Karkazis, Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University and Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, a chronic disease epidemiologist, dissect the evidence published by the IAAF in support of its testosterone regulation, and share their opinion on whether the findings stand up to CAS’s requirement that the IAAF must show that female athletes with higher T have a performance difference that approximates what male athletes typically have over female athletes, which CAS places at between 10-12%. / read more

Marc Cavaliero, Partner at Kleiner & Cavaliero AG, dissects the recent Skenderbeu case and what the proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport teach us about the evidence needed to combat match-fixing within football. / read more

In light of the recent developments relating to human rights violations associated with major sporting events, Sylvia Schenk, Consultant at Herbert Smith Freehills, discusses the recent human rights crisis within sport and whether the new focus on protecting human rights within the sports context goes far enough. / read more

In August 2016, Paul Pogba became the world’s most expensive footballer when he moved from Juventus to Manchester United (‘United’) for a world record fee reported to be over £89.3 million. A year later, that fee was dwarfed by the €222 million transfer of Neymar from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain. In May 2017, there was a significant amount of press regarding the Pogba Transfer, namely in relation to Pogba’s intermediary, Mino Raiola, as various Football Leaks files1 suggested that Raiola pocketed a staggering €49 million in fees from the transfer. This prompted a media furore into the role of intermediaries and an investigation by FIFA into the Pogba Transfer2. In the Neymar Transfer, a similar media furore followed La Liga’s refusal to accept a cheque for €222 million from Neymar/ PSG’s lawyers as payment of Neymar’s buyout clause, on the basis that it would infringe UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (‘FFP’) rules.  In this article, Tiran Gunawardena of Mills & Reeve LLP provides commentary on the confusion in the press regarding FIFA’s investigation into the Pogba Transfer, La Liga’s refusal to accept the buyout clause payment in the Neymar Transfer, and how both transfers reflect the broader lack of transparency in the market. / read more

As augmented reality (‘AR’) technology increasingly pervades consumer markets across the globe, sports clubs are considering how to utilise such technology to increase revenues. Simon Leaf, Managing Associate at Mishcon de Reya, assesses the legal issues sports clubs will need to grapple with in order to roll out AR technology in sport effectively. / 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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