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World Cup anti-terror law, Barca ban suspended & FA issue multiple misconduct charges

Saturday, 26 April 2014 By Adam Lovatt, Thomas Gibby

As Europe’s major leagues and UEFA’s big competitions enter their final stages, Adam Lovatt and Thomas Gibby look ahead to Brazil 2014, provide an update on Barcelona’s transfer ban and report on a spate of FA misconduct charges.

Barcelona transfer ban – update

Readers may recall this blog’s1 discussion on this topic earlier this month. By way of recap, F.C. Barcelona received a global transfer ban2 from FIFA, imposed until summer 2015 (a total of 14 months) and a fine of GBP£300,000 for 10 breaches of FIFA’s international transfer rules for minors. 

The club have now, as promised, decided to fight the ban on the grounds that it is simply an ‘‘injustice’’3 according to the club’s President. In light of this appeal, and due to the complexity of the case with a possible referral to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, FIFA have judged that this is unlikely to be concluded prior to the next transfer window opening, internationally, on 1 July. Consequently, the club’s global transfer ban has been postponed pending the outcome. 

FIFA’s initial investigation into the club’s transfer dealings supposedly came from an ‘‘anonymous’’ complaint concerning an unnamed player. 

New anti-terror law brought in ahead of FIFA World Cup

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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.

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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