7 9 September 2009


  • FIFA considers dropping agent licence requirement
  • FIFA is considering abandoning its requirement that football clubs should only conduct player transfers using licensed player agents as part of a new approach based on regulating clubs and players' use of intermediaries. Asked whether FIFA was abandoning its requirement for player agents to be licensed by the national association in which they reside, FIFA's Legal Director, Macro Villiger, said: "Yes, this is possible. A working group of the FIFA Committee for Club Football was created which is currently dealing with such a reform. The working group is working on the new Regulations which will have to pass several committees. Hence, it is not possible for me to predict the outcome."

  • Premier Rugby: opposition doctor to be allowed to inspect blood injuries
  • Premier Rugby, the body which administers rugby union's Guinness Premiership competition, is to vote on 3 September on a new rule that would allow opposition doctors to inspect players leaving the field with blood injuries. The new rule would be introduced before the start of the 2009/10 season a day later.

  • UEFA, BHA & Betfair to speak at WSLR briefing
  • UEFA, the British Horseracing Association (BHA), Betfair and the Central Council for Physical Recreation (CCPR) will address World Sports Law Report's Sports, Betting & Sponsorship briefing, to be held at the offices of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP on 25 September.


  • Player Contracts: Mutu: contract breaches for misconduct & compensation
  • The Court of Arbitration for Sport recently dismissed an appeal from Adrian Mutu against a FIFA decision ordering him to pay compensation to Chelsea FC, which had terminated his contract early after Mutu had taken cocaine, breaching the contract terms. Jesse De Preter, an Attorney-at-law with Clifford Chance LLP, examines Mutu's arguments against this ruling, as well as his possible avenues for future appeal.

  • Television: UK review of listed events reserved for free-to-air TV
  • The UK government is considering changing legislation that preserves certain sporting events for free-to-air television, initiating a review of the current category A and B events in December 2008. Alex Haffner and Stephen Ridgway, Solicitors in the sports group at Denton Wilde Sapte LLP, examine how certain events can be protected for free-to-air TV under European law, the progress of the review and arguments for and against the listing of sporting events, as well as challenges to the UK's listing of certain events from FIFA and UEFA.

  • Fan Behaviour: Sporting organisations' liability for spectator behaviour
  • There have recently been a number of incidents where the safety of athletes have been compromised by the actions of spectators: two cyclists were shot in the Tour de France and a man was charged with a hate crime after throwing fireworks at the Danish Gay Games. Elizabeth Riley, a non-practising Barrister with Bird & Bird, examines examples where sporting organisations have been found liable for supporter behaviour in negligence or under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957. Riley also examines contractual liability and how a sporting organisation's members can be held liable for supporter behaviour under the rules of that organisation.

  • South Africa: Ambush marketing: national preventative legislation
  • Corporations pay millions to exclusively sponsor events such as the FIFA 2010 World Cup South Africa, however ambush marketing by non-sponsors keen to associate themselves with popular events threatens that revenue. In the first in a series of three articles, Michael Murphy, a Partner with Bowman Gilfillan, examines how South African law protects sports organisations and their sponsors from ambush marketing, as well as new legislation passed specifically for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

  • US: Amateur sport: image rights litigation and potential impact
  • A number of cases regarding the use of the use of amateur athletes' images in computer games are currently pending in the US legal system. Anastasios Kaburakis, an Attorney-at-law at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, discusses the detrimental impact on the amateur status of the National Collegiate Athletic Association that the cases could have.

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