Rugby Player

Financial Woes: What Worcester Warriors & London Wasps' Struggles Mean For English Rugby

Wasps Holdings Limited, the holding company of London Wasps RFC (Wasps), filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators[1] in September 2022. Only a few days la...
Rangers FC

Workplace Discrimination For Football Beliefs? Rangers Fan Makes An Unusual Claim

When does a passion for sport become a workplace issue?  In McClung v Doosan, a Scottish employment tribunal was asked to consider whether support for a football club ...
Shareholders Agreement

Unfair Prejudice Claims: How The Cardiff City FC Shareholder Dispute Unfolded

Cardiff City FC has found itself in the legal press after being the subject of an unfair prejudice petition. The case[1] revisits the well-trodden legal journey which a shareho...
Red Card

Jurisdiction Disputes: When Can National Bodies Hear FIFA-Related Employment Claims?

In the field of football, employment-related disputes involving foreign players, coaches or other foreign-related factors usually fall under the jurisdiction of FIFA’s Football ...
Sports Lawyer in the Spotlight -  Farai Razano

Sports Lawyer In The Spotlight: Farai Razano

Farai is a Partner at Razano Attorneys, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. His practice focuses on sports law and entertainment law. He has acted for individual athletes, club...
Football

When Is A Football 'Sell On Clause' Triggered? CAS Decides in Malaga v Brighton

Those involved with football transfers will be familiar with sell-on clauses given that they are widely used in the world of professional football. The purpose of a sell on clau...
Pitch surrounded by trees

Going Green? A First Look At The German Football League’s New Sustainability Criteria

Due to its overriding global importance, the issue of sustainability has firmly reached sport and its decision-makers. At various levels, sports federations and sports clubs are...
Football

The Rules On Ambush Marketing For FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

The FIFA World Cup stimulates a frenzy of marketing activity – both official and unofficial. Qatar 2022 is unlikely to be any different. The 2010 FIFA World Cup marked possibly...
Beer Football Game

World Cup Hospitality – A Licence & Marketing Checklist For English & Welsh Stadia

This year’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – which commences on 20 November and runs through to the final on 18 December 2022 – sees a unique break in the football calendar, wit...
Mexican Flag in Stadium

How Professional Football Clubs Are Governed In Mexico

Following the designation of Mexico as one of the venues for the 2026 World Cup, there has been a great deal of interest from investors who see Mexico as an attractive country i...
French Flag Football

How Professional Football Clubs Are Incorporated & Governed In France

In recent times, French soccer clubs seem to have attracted investment attention and are regarded as having a lot of economic potential. With the recent takeovers of the soccer ...
Dice games

Games Of Skill Vs Games Of Chance - A Principles-Based Framework To Recognise The Difference

The distinction between ‘games of skill’ and ‘games of chance’ is not always an easy question to evaluate, and yet the answer has significant legal and regulatory consequences. ...
Football with Spanish Flag

Spanish Women's New National Agreement: A Major Step Towards Equal Pay In Football

In June 2022, the Spanish Women's National Football Team signed two historic agreements with the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) regarding their economic conditions and image...
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The Rise Of Crypto Sponsors In Sport - How Football Is Hedging Its Bets

The UK Government, following their recent “comprehensive review” of gambling laws[1]is considering regulating the use of betting companies in English football, which may in...

Metaverses – A Brave New World for Sports Brands?

If you picture the seemingly limitless world of social media as a place for brands to promote themselves, metaverses may be viewed as the further merging of two spheres: gaming ...
Indian cricket player on Indian flag design in background

Negotiating athlete endorsement agreements in India

The Indian sports industry and the surrounding eco-system has undergone a substantial economic transformation in the past two decades. This change can be largely attributed to t...

How To Launch An NFT – Key Tips For Sports Organisations

We may be in the middle (or the beginning) of a ‘crypto winter’ – but brands and organisations of all sizes are continuing to explore ideas for launching non-fungible tokens (NF...

Artificial Intelligence In Football - Current Uses & Contracting Tips For Clubs

From assisting referee decisions, to improving physical performance and predicting future injuries, to producing and implementing tactics, artificial intelligence is pervading m...
AFC Asian Cup

AFC’s 2022 Club Licensing Regulations: Here’s What’s Changed And Why

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has recently released its updated Club Licensing Regulations (2022 Edition) (Regulations) which came into force on 29 July 2022. The Regul...
Rugby Player Passing

Spain’s Rugby World Cup 2023 Disqualification - Resolving Player Ineligibility Issues Ahead Of Time!

Spain have been disqualified from the Rugby World Cup for the second time consecutively, having again been found to have fielded an ineligible player during qualifying.1 The pl...
Scales of justice

Ensuring Fair Process For Players In Sexual Assault Claims - The Jake Virtanen NHL Case

In recent years, several prominent professional athletes have been accused of sexual misconduct. For some, there appears to have been little, if any, impact in terms of their co...
Arguing Parents

Family Law Guidance For Athletes – Dealing With Continuing Disputes Over Children

This is the fifth in a series of articles exploring key family law issues facing athletes over the course of their careers. The last article looked at how families and the Engli...
Football in shadows

Criminal Charges: Why Swiss Court Found Blatter & Platini Not Guilty And What Happens Next

In July 2022, a Swiss Federal Criminal Court (FCC) found former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and former UEFA president Michel Platini not guilty,1 following charges of corruption...
Soccer Player Celebrating

What The UK Competition Authority’s Price Fixing Investigation Means For Football Clubs & Kit Suppliers

On 7 June 2022, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its preliminary finding that Elite Sports Group, JD Sports and Rangers Football Club had engaged in th...
China Scales

How Sports Arbitration Is Evolving In China - The New 2023 Sports Arbitration Law

On June 24, 2022, the 35th Session of the Standing Committee of the Thirteenth National People's Congress adopted the newly revised Law of the People's Republic of China on Spor...
Children Dribbling Football

Family Law Guidance For Athletes – The Rules On Child Arrangements Post-Separation

This is the fourth in a series of articles exploring key family law issues facing athletes over the course of their careers. This article considers the arrangements for children...

What obligations do clubs owe players if suspending their contract for Covid-19 (FCSB v Planic)?

The case of FC FCSB SA v. Bogdan Planic1 is of notable interest to sports clubs, players and sports law practitioners who deal with the financial consequences of the COVID-19 pa...
Football Stadium

Summary Judgements & Force Majeure: How The Premier League Recovered $213mn From PPLive

In the recent High Court case of The Football Association Premier League Limited v PPLive Sports International Limited1, the Premier League secured an early victory against PPLi...
Torn agreement

Family Law Guidance For Athletes – How Assets Are Divided Upon Divorce

This is the third in a series of articles exploring key family law issues facing athletes over the course of their careers. It explores the process of divorce and separation in ...

Freezing Orders: A Landmark New Judgement On NFTs From UK Courts

Digital ownership of cryptoassets has brought with it an exponential growth in engagement and monetisation. Indeed, the Non-Fungible Token (NFT) market exploded in 2021, growing...

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