Inquiry into head injuries in football, crowd trouble in Europe and UEFA to launch the League of Nations

Monday, 31 March 2014 By Adam Lovatt, Thomas Gibby

In this week’s football law round up Adam Lovatt and Thomas Gibby share the top legal stories from across European football. This week's stories include: crowd trouble in European competitions; the new FA Commission established for head injuries; the Football League blocking the purchase of majority stake in Leeds United and UEFA’s League of Nations.


Crowd trouble in European competitions

The on-going rise in crowd disturbances at European football matches has been highlighted again this week with the match between Salzburg and Basel in the Europa League being halted for twelve minutes as a result of away fans from Switzerland throwing objects at home team players.

The referee took the players off the field as a result of Kevin Kampl of Salzburg being unable to take a corner kick due to missiles including cups, cigarette lighters and drinks bottles being thrown at him by visiting Swiss supporters.

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Basel who progressed to the last eight of the competition with a 2-1 aggregate win. The club was charged with two breaches of UEFA’s Disciplinary Regulations, namely the setting-off and throwing of objects (Art. 16(2)) and improper team conduct (Art. 15(4)).

On Wednesday 26 March, a UEFA Control and Disciplinary body ordered the club to play their next two UEFA Europa League games behind closed doors and handed them a fine of €107,000.

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Adam Lovatt

Adam Lovatt

Adam is a lawyer specialising in sports law with IMG. Adam has a wide range of commercial and litigation experience from his four years as a qualified solicitor. Adam has a passion for sports law and is currently undertaking a IP Law Masters programme with the University of London. He is passionate about most sports particularly football, golf and tennis.

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Thomas Gibby

Thomas Gibby

Thomas is a Solicitor in Kerman & Co’s sports team. Thomas is predominantly a commercial contracts lawyer who advises the team’s biggest sporting clients and major event organisers on a range of their commercial issues, including working in-house at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. His experience includes advising on data and consumer protection, IT/software development and procurement contracts.

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