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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 3 Issue: 12
(December 2005)


The High Court ruling on 21 December that the British Horseracing Board (BHB) abused its dominant market position in its conduct towards At The Races (ATR) has far reaching implications for the use of competition law as well as more directly on the funding of the BHB. / read more

The European Commission may take France to the European Court of Justice if it fails to modify its laws which prohibit football and other sports clubs from being listed on the stock markets. / read more

Italy will stand by its laws which make doping in sport a criminal offence despite concerns that athletes will stay away from the Winter Olympics in Turin rather than risk criminal sanctions. / read more


The next big case to have serious implications on the governance of international football is set to start in March 2006 in Belgium. It concerns Abdelmajid Oulmers who plays football for the undistinguished Belgian first division club, Charleroi FC. Solicitor Mel Goldberg and barrister Simon Pentol explain the background alongside the legal framework and the ramifications of legal proceedings with the potential to elevate the claimant to "Bosmanlike" status. / read more

From a multi-sport event taking place over a two-week period in various venues, to a single event taking place in a large arena on a Saturday afternoon, the varied nature of sporting events can attract hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators. With individual safety being paramount, Anthony Turner, solicitor at Farrer & Co, considers the duties that an event organiser may owe in negligence to third parties and suggests ways in which potential liability can be minimised. / read more

Professional footballers in Italy agreed a new contract with the Clubs' organisations in October 2005. Luca Ferrari and Vittoria Rigo at Studio Associato LCA analyse the complex agreement, which was the result of several years negotiations. / read more

In what are difficult financial times for football's lower league clubs, Wrexham FC have received a rare and noted victory against those attempting to exploit the club's financial peril for personal gain. Matt McKenzie, a solicitor at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain examines the case. / read more

Ian Blackshaw describes the possibilities for settling sports-related disputes, including business ones, through the mediation service offered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport based in Lausanne Switzerland. / 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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