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World Sports Advocate

Volume: 8 Issue: 9
(September 2010)


The three Pakistani cricketers charged with corruption offences under Article 2 of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti-Corruption Code could also face charges under Section 42 of the Gambling Act 2005, according to gambling lawyers. Under Section 42(1)(b) of the Gambling Act, a person commits an offence if he 'does anything for the purpose of enabling or assisting another person to cheat at gambling'. / read more

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has warned that careful wording should be used in the advertising of supplements, after an OmegaFlex press release appeared to state that its product had WADA's 'seal of approval' and is 'safer for athletes to use'. / read more

World Snooker is to review its rules on betting and corruption after it was forced to drop match-fixing charges against John Higgins' agent, Pat Mooney, due to the definitions used. World Snooker was persuaded that it would not be able to prove the charges due to the definitions of the words 'Tour', 'Tournament' and 'Match' that appear in rules and, which relate to acceptance of bribes in return for fixing a match and fraudulent conduct. / read more


The 'exclusive' broadcast model favoured by the English Premier League is currently facing a number of challenges from regulators, who are concerned about the restrictions it places on competition. In this first instalment of a two-part article, Tom Evens, Daniel Geey, Katrien Lefever and Ben Van Rompuy explain the current challenges facing the Premier League and how the Dutch Eredivisie's decision to wholesale its own channel to could offer an alternative that placates regulators. / read more

The Court of Arbitration for Sport recently reversed a 2008 International Olympic Committee decision to order team-mates of Marion Jones to return medals won at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, after Jones admitted using a prohibited substance in 2007. Matt Totman and Mariana Rybynok, of Baker & McKenzie LLP, explain the reasoning of the CAS in deciding that team-mates of Jones could not be disqualified due to the wording of the 2000 Olympic Charter, despite an amended 2008 Charter allowing such disqualification. They also examine the implications that this ruling has for sporting bodies. / read more

Four football referees have won their case against the mandatory retirement age of 48 imposed by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited in the UK. Kenny Scott, a Solicitor with Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, examines the reasons why an employment tribunal agreed that a mandatory retirement age of 48 constituted age discrimination, although referees did not fall within the definition of 'employees' required for an unfair dismissal claim. / read more

The 2010 FIFA World Cup highlighted the increasing trend of footballers choosing to play for countries other than those in which they were born. Ryan S. Hilbert and Ricardo Gentzsch compare the nationality rules of FIFA and UEFA with those of the IOC, in the light of Court of Arbitration for Sport rulings which state that the possibility of changing nationality must remain open to athletes. They also suggest possible changes to football's regulations that may assist it with its aim of preserving the strength of national teams. / read more

The England and Wales High Court recently ruled that an eight-year agreement between Proactive Sports Management and Wayne Rooney - signed when the player was just 16 - is unenforceable as a restraint of trade. Chris Sweeney and George Castro of Teacher Stern LLP examine the reasoning behind this ruling and the implications it has for player representation contracts. / 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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