6 12 December 2008


  • Swimming coaches want new swimsuit technology banned
  • The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) is to meet with 21 swimwear manufacturers to amend its regulations governing the composition of swimsuits, after swimming coaches raised concerns that advances in technology are damaging the sport.

  • Sport is aiming to sell a 'right to bet' to gambling operators
  • Sporting bodies are aiming to create a 'competition organiser's right', which would require gambling operators to pay event organisers before the start of a sporting event in order to be able to offer bets on that event.

  • DFL to decide on free TV games next year
  • The German football league (DFL) said, on 12 December, that it will take "concrete steps" early next year on the number of football matches to be broadcast on free-to-air television channels accessible to a proportion of the viewing public before 8pm on Saturdays as recommended by the German Federal Cartel Office (BKartA).


  • Corruption: National and international steps to combat match-fixing
  • England's Football Association recently closed its investigation into irregular betting patterns on a Norwich City v Derby County game, prompting concerns that match fixing may again be affecting English football. Oliver Gayner, an Associate at Olswang, examines UK and international approaches to tackling match-fixing and the difficulties that exist due to sport's requirement for instant results, compared to law's observance of due process, which takes time.

  • Trademarks: Liverpool FC withdraws its 'Liver Bird' application
  • Liverpool FC withdrew its application to register the 'Liver bird' as its trademark on 25 November, after the city of Liverpool expressed its discontent at the registering of the historic symbol. Matt McCahearty, an Associate Solicitor at Macfarlanes, examines the outcome of Liverpool's application had it been successful and the problems surrounding registering historic trademarks.

  • 2009 Issues: Views and predictions from the editorial board for 2009
  • As an eventful 2008 draws to a close, we asked members of our editorial board to present their views on what the key issues in sports law will be during 2009. The responses are set out in this article.

  • Injuries: Forms of legal action when on-pitch remedies fail
  • Barnsley is considering taking legal action over a serious injury to one of its players, after England's Football Association said it could take no further action against the player responsible, who had been issued with a yellow card. Ian Felstead and Hatty Kingsley-Miller, of Olswang, examine the forms of legal action that seriously injured players can take against those responsible.

  • Portugal: Ambush marketing: new law to protect Lusophony Games
  • The Portuguese Government approved a decree-law on 6 October to protect the names and symbols related to the II Lusophony Games 2009 from 'ambush marketing' - promotion of a brand by a non-official sponsor. Nuno Barbosa, a Partner of Abreu Advogados, examines the background of ambush marketing and the law put in place to protect the Games from it.

  • Tax: VAT and sport: recent case law and implications
  • The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recently held that VAT should not be charged on affiliation fees paid by clubs to a national governing body for services supplied to sport. Richard Baldwin, an independent tax consultant, examines the application of VAT to voluntary sport in the UK, and the implications that rulings from the ECJ and other courts could have for sport.

    home page contact us e-commerce law reports e-commerce law and policy world online gambling law report