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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 5 Issue: 6
(June 2007)


FIFA is attempting to prevent football matters from reaching the courts through an amendment to Article 62 par. 3 of its Statutes, and will punish National Associations that fail to impose sanctions on 'Leagues, members of Leagues, clubs, members of clubs, Players, Officials and other Association Officials' that ignore a prohibition on recourse to ordinary courts of law. / read more

The UK Minister for Sport, Richard Caborn, and FIFA's Director of Legal Division, Marco Villiger, will be keynote speakers at World Sports Law Report's 'Autonomy of Sport Governance' Briefing. / read more

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has established a new Disciplinary Commission to investigate doping at previous Olympic Games, following admissions of doping by members of the Telekom cycling team in the 1990s and the IOC's decision to permanently exclude six Austrian athletes from Olympic events for doping offences. / read more


Leo Barry's case against Australian betting company, TabCorp, for the use of his image in promotional material, highlights the need for sporting organisations to consider what images can be used without obtaining further player consent when signing commercial agreements. Claude Harran, of Dibbs Abbott Stillman Lawyers, examines Barry's claim and its chances of success. / read more

The Court of Appeal has held that a school can be held liable for fielding an overage player who caused injury to another player, despite agreeing that a player of the correct age, but of similar height and weight, could have caused a similar injury. Elizabeth Mehdevy, an associate with Hextalls LLP, examines how the case highlights the need for organisers of youth sporting competitions to pay attention to eligibility rules. / read more

A coach recently challenged the decision of a sports governing body to withdraw his licence for having an 'inappropriate relationship' with an athlete, claiming a breach of his human rights. Serena Hedley-Dent and Katherine Wilde of Farrer & Co. discuss the Appeal Committee's consideration of how the Human Rights Act would apply in reaching its decision. / read more

An Independent Commission of the FA Premier League decided to fine West Ham United rather than deduct points, after the club was found to have breached two FAPL rules in bringing Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to the club. Mel Goldberg and Simon Pentol discuss issues that arise when clubs challenge the procedure and sanction of rules that they have agreed to be bound by, and assess the future implications of the case. / read more

The UK High Court has decided that a VAT and Duties Tribunal decision that Newcastle United could not recover VAT paid on agents' fees was 'fundamentally flawed'. Tim Jarvis and Aredhel Darnley, of Hammonds, explain the High Court's reasoning and assess if this case could open the door for clubs to reclaim VAT paid on agents' fees. / 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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