The Right to Play: a professional football player is entitled to play in the professional league
The Swiss Federal Tribunal recently ruled that a professional football player has a right to train and, most significantly, play with his team (judgment 137 III 303). This marks an important milestone in the rights of professional sports persons because, for the first time, it was confirmed that an employee has the right to be deployed for the services for which he was hired, and not just to be paid and sit on the bench.
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Roy is an attorney-at-law, at Probst Partner AG, Zurich, Switzerland. He specialises in litigation and arbitration relating to sports law e.g. disciplinary and ethical matters (challenging sanctions), transfer disputes, training compensation, eligibility issues, TV rights, doping, match fixing, players/agents contracts. He regularly represents clubs, federations, players and coaches before the judicial bodies of FIFA, UEFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). He also has expertise in employment, intellectual property and media law.