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How The 2022 EU VAT Directive Affects The Equestrian Sector

The VAT (Value Added Tax) legislation of the Member States of the European Union, including setting the VAT rates, is based on the European VAT directive 2006/112/EC. Member Sta...
Goalkeeper

Challenging Appointment Of Arbitrators: Swiss Federal Tribunal's Decision Highlights Uniqueness Of Sports

4A_520/2021, judgment of March 4, 2022 , A v. FIFA, motion to set aside the CAS Award of 31 August 2021 (CAS 2019/A/6344). This important judgment of the Swiss Federal Supreme ...
Mobile app

Privacy Breach: Why LaLiga Was Fined For Its Audio-Collecting App

The Spanish High Court, Audiencia Nacional, has upheld the €250,000 fine imposed on La Liga by the Spanish data protection authority (AEPD). The fine was for failing to provide ...
Scales of justice

Safeguarding Proceedings - How To Balance The Rights Of The Accused With Treatment Of The Abused?

Safeguarding practice is about protecting and promoting wellbeing. It encompasses a wide variety of actions that are designed both to protect individuals from abuse and maltreat...
Rugby Player

Broadcasting Tenders: How Rugby World Cup Beat A Competition Law Challenge

The French Commercial Court has vindicated Rugby World Cup Limited’s tender process in relation to the award of broadcasting rights for the Men’s Rugby World Cup 2023 in France1...
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Challenging FIA Decisions In Formula One: What Options Do F1 Teams Have?

The conclusion to the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship (F1) was one of the most controversial in recent history and led to an FIA inquiry into the decision to allow only ...
Spanish football flag

The Requirements For Investing, Owning And Running A Professional Football Club In Spain (LaLiga)

There have not yet been any independent reports into regulation of Spanish football such as the one led by the Conservative MP Tracey Crouch[1] (The Fan-Led Review of Football G...
Scratch cards

£4mn Payout Denied! - Goodram Reaffirms Rules On Incorporating Terms Into Lottery Tickets

On 22 April 2020, two individual’s lives changed forever, after they bought a winning scratchcard with a prize of £4 million. Or so they thought. A month later, Camelot, the bod...
Football Being Kicked

When is there a right to replay a football match? FIFA, UEFA and The FA laws on fielding an ineligible player

Consider this scenario: a club fields an ineligible[1] or suspended player in a match.  That club wins the match.  The player’s ineligibility or suspension is then dis...
Football goalkeeper on handshake background

Unilateral extension options in football contracts: Are they valid and enforceable?

Unilateral extension clauses (UECs) are contractual clauses that give one party to a contract the exclusive right to extend the employment relationship with the other party. Unl...
Rowdy Crowd

Here We Go Again – How To Address Pitch Invasions In English Football?

As the title suggests, this is not new territory for football. In fact, it has been a problem that the game seems incapable of fully eradicating. Back in 2015 it led to an excel...
Italy flag and ball

What Are The Requirements For Owning And Running A Professional Football Club In Italy?

I was asked to discuss the financial and governing requirements to own a club and participate in the Italian football landscape, right at a time when two of the most historic cl...
Football Player

Why Does Luxembourg Still Not Have A Professional Football League?

While the entire football world is looking at the Super League dispute and how it could eventually shape the future organization of football in Europe, Luxembourg football clubs...
Male Golfer

Teeing Up For A Competition Lawsuit? The PGA Tour’s Refusal To Release LIV Golf Invitational Hopefuls

As professional golfers prepare to compete in the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series, set to take place at London’s Centurion Golf Club from 9 to 11 June 2022, the PGA Tour ...
Kate Porter

Sports Lawyer In The Spotlight: Kate Porter

For this week’s edition of Sports Lawyer In The Spotlight, we interviewed Kate Porter who is a partner and head of the sports practice at Vela Wood P.C. in the United States. Sh...
US Women Soccer Team

How The US Women’s Soccer Team’s New Equal Pay Deal Works

On February 22, 2022, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) (the national governing body for soccer in the United States), announced the settlement of its long-running legal dispute...
Football

Top 5 Tips For Football Club Secretaries On Drafting Player Contracts

This article aims to assist Club Secretaries who do not have access to internal or external legal resources with drafting player contracts and associated documentation clearly. ...
Sports Stadium With Fans

What should sports brands consider when running prize draws to boost fan engagement?

David Beckham: footballer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and now, eco-warrior. In a move that would make David Attenborough proud, Inter Miami CF1 (the Major League soccer club...
Upset Footballer

‘Fouls’ Off The Field of Play – Key Considerations For Athletes, Clubs & Sponsors

What happens if athletes engage in morally questionable or illegal behaviour outside of the field of play? It is a question that includes behaviours ranging from domestic abuse...
Basketballer

Key Principles On Player Contracts From The Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (Part 2: Interpretation & Performance)

This is the second article in a series that explains the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal’s (BAT) jurisprudence on basketball employment contracts. Part 2 focuses on the interpreta...
Divorce decree and wedding rings with pen and gavel

The Lifecycle Of An International Athlete – Dealing With Divorce

This blog in our series for international athletes explains key points of English law in relation to family issues and divorce.   Whilst the intricacies of contr...
Betting

How Will Changes To Gambling Advertising Regulations To Protect Young People Affect Athletes?

The gambling industry’s growing presence in football has been the topic of much fan and government discussion in recent years as the growing numbers of gambling companies sponso...
Dangerous slide tackle

Fulham FC v Jones: When Is There Civil Liability For Causing A Serious Injury In Football?

This article examines the case between Fulham Football Club and Mr Jordan Levi Jones which concerns the circumstances in which the Court will find civil liability for a serious ...
Online abuse

Are football clubs liable for the online racist abuse of their players?

In March 2022, the Premier League reported that over the preceding 12 months it had conducted over 400 investigations into online abuse targeted at players and their families;[1...
Crypto Coin Montage

A Guide For Sports Organisations To Partnering With A Cryptocurrency Provider

One of the most noticeable trends in the sporting world since the emergence of COVID is the increased prominence of cryptocurrency brands in the world of sports sponsorship. Acc...
Football

How The EFL Championship’s Profitability & Sustainability Rules Have Changed In 2022

On 17 February 2022, the English Football League (EFL) Championship clubs approved several changes[1] to the division’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules (P&S Rules). T...
Highliner

Top 10 Tips For Launching An ‘Independent Review’ In Sport

When the ever-growing lists of sports organisations being subject ‘Independent Reviews’ following allegations of ethical violations, financial misconduct, discrimination, mental...
Jump Jockeys

Bullying In The Weighing Room – Will Bryony Frost's Case Mark A Sea Change For Sports?

The willingness and capability of sports governing bodies (SGBs) to tackle discrimination and harassment in sport has long been topical. The case of English National Hunt jockey...
Hand shaking

The Lifecycle Of An International Athlete – Negotiating Sponsorship & Endorsements Deals

This blog in our series for international athletes explains the key points to consider when entering into sponsorship and endorsement deals or merchandising agreements.&nbs...

The Independent Mali Basketball Abuse Investigation – Important Lessons For International Sport

On 10 June 2021, a New York Times reporter sent an email to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), indicating that the New York Times was in the process of investigatin...

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