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Integrity in football’s governing bodies discussed by expert panellists

Integrity in football’s governing bodies discussed by expert panellists

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30 August 2016 - Head of Disciplinary and Integrity of UEFA, Emilio Garcia, leading sports lawyer, Daniel Cravo, CAS Arbitrator Ricardo de Buen and CEO and Founder of Vega Swiss Asset Management and former Swiss international, Ramon Vega will be analysing the standards of governance in modern football administration at the Soccerex Global Convention, 26-28 September, Manchester. They will deliver a panel titled "Integrity in Football Governance" in which they will discuss the recent controversy football’s governing bodies have been caught up in and look at what can be done to introduce greater transparency and preserve the integrity of football as a whole.

Emilio Garcia, Head of Disciplinary and Integrity of UEFA, will be giving his insight on the state of governance in European football, the efforts of UEFA to pinpoint and combat corruption and the difficulty of the task facing the governing body in attempting to regulate for such a global market place. At UEFA, Emilio is responsible for all disciplinary and integrity manners within the legal department such as overseeing the defence of UEFA in disciplinary decision.

Cravo, Pastl & Balbuena Senior partner Daniel Cravo, who also provides his service to football clubs, federations, agents and players will be present on the panel speaking about his experience with footballs governing bodies and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Daniel is active at the Higher Court of Sports Justice in football related cases as well as being the Vice President of the Special Committee on Legislation and Sports Law at the Brazilian Bar Association.

Ricardo de Buen will also be involved within the panel to discuss his role with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and give his global legal expertise on the latest issues surrounding the game. Being involved with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Ricardo has worked on the settlement of many sport-related disputes. He will talk about his views regarding the integrity of footballs governing bodies, and what these governing bodies can do in order to restore honesty throughout the game. 

Ex-professional and now CEO and founder of Vega Swiss Asset Management, Ramon Vega will bring his expertise in business and management to the panel alongside his knowledge of playing, having represented clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur and Celtic, as well as having earned caps for his country Switzerland. Now Ramon’s playing career has ended, his focus has turned to the world of business, with his hedge fund company currently managing £2.5 billion. In 2015, Ramon also made the decision to put himself forward for FIFA presidency, during the time of heavy corruption links within the organisation. With Ramon stating his vision of restoring stability and tranquillity within the governing body, his campaign illustrated his firm stance on integrity within the game. 

The session, to be moderated by CEO of LawInSport Sean Cottrell, will be contributing to the thought provoking conference program in the form of a discussion based panel, providing delegates access to unique content from leading industry members.

The Global Convention as a whole is designed to deliver business insight across a variety of key sectors and subject matters ranging from sponsorship and fan engagement to the technological innovations and stadium development. For an up to date version of the latest conference program, click here

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