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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 4 Issue: 7
(July 2006)


Gordon Taylor, Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), warned that player investment funds could take money out of the game. / read more

At time of press, the Federal Court of Appeals (CAF) was expected to deliver its verdict on the appeals of the four Italian clubs charged with matchfixing offences on 25 July, which is UEFA's deadline for the naming of clubs entering European club competitions during the 2006/7 season. / read more

The European Court of Justice has ruled that although IOC doping control regulations fall within the scope of EU competition law, the regulations themselves are consistent with EU law. / read more


UEFA's homegrown player regulation comes into play next season, which requires all clubs competing in UEFA-sanctioned competitions to have four 'homegrown players' included in their 25-player A-list. Ian Lynam, an associate at Slaughter and May, argues that the rule represents an indirect discriminatory restriction on the free movement of workers. / read more

For the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the Court of Arbitration for Sport created a new Ad Hoc division to settle disputes arising during the tournament. Ian Blackshaw, an international sports lawyer and CAS arbitrator and mediator, explains its establishment and legal basis. / read more

On Friday 14 July, the Federal Committee of Appeals (CAF) announced the sanctions that would be placed on clubs charged with influencing the results of games under Italy's Code of Sports Justice (CGS). Luca Ferrari and Matteo Castioni, of Studio Associato LCA, compare the CAF's judgment to the proposed punishments and explain how the CAF came to its decision. / read more

The recent decision by FIFA to suspend the Greek football federation from its membership, due to encroachment by the Greek government in domestic sports regulatory issues, raises important considerations in the national and international regulation of sport. Dimitrios P. Panagiotopoulos, associate professor at the University of Athens, and Ioannis Mournianakis, examine the issues. / read more

A recent number of high profile corruption cases have placed pressure on sports governing bodies to tackle sports cheats. Anna-Marie Blakeley, a solicitor with Hammonds, examines how current corruption issues have highlighted the need for SGBs to take responsibility, rather than relying on the Crown Prosecution Service. / read more

A report commissioned by the UCI into allegations that Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs has highlighted problems with retrospective testing. Julian Summerhayes, an associate with Bond Pearce, highlights irregularities revealed in the report that an independent investigator will need to consider, should the IOC decide to commission a full investigation. / 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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