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ACL injuries in women’s football and the need for insurance cover for players

As part of its commitment to the health and wellbeing of female footballers, and to make the game safer for players, UEFA recently announced that it is going to tackle head-on o...

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Football Legal Aid Fund: A Step Towards Access to Justice for Players, Clubs & Agents

FIFA and the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (“ICAS”) earlier in the year announced the establishment ...
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| Phil Hutchinson & Harry Bambury | Sports, Blogs, Football, Dispute Resolution , Gambling, Articles, Regulation & Governance, Mills & Reeve

Betting In Football: Lessons From Non-League Player’s 11 Year Suspension (The FA v Kynan Isaac)

The recent decision of the FA Independent Regulatory Commission (“Commission”) in The FA v Kynan Isaac attracted wide...
Substances of abuse
| Rustam Sethna and Xabier Lopez Hervas | Anti-Doping, Athlete Welfare, Blogs, Articles, Regulation & Governance, Mills & Reeve

What are the key changes to WADA’s Prohibited List 2023?

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Executive Committee approved the 2023 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods...
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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 ...

The FA V Nathaniel Mendez-Laing – A New Approach To Substances Of Abuse In Sport

On 12 February 2021 The FA published the written reasons[1] in the case of The FA v Nathaniel Mendez-Laing[2]. This c...
| Christopher Pike and Laura Woodward | Sports, Blogs, Football, Commercial, Contract, Dispute Resolution , Articles, Rugby, Mills & Reeve

Sports Stadia Development & The Dangers Of Restrictive Covenants: Lessons from the Bath Rugby Club Case

A recent case[1] affecting Bath Rugby Club may mean that the club has to abandon its plan to build a new 18,000 seate...

Analysis of FIFA’s 2021 Regulatory Changes – Female Players, Coaches, Brexit And More

On 19 November 2020, the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee (FSC) endorsed reforms[1] to the Regulations on the Sta...
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A review of British Cycling’s decision to suspend the first ever national eRacing champion for cheating

This article reviews the recent decision by British Cycling to disqualify and ban the National eRacing Champion of 20...
Courtsiding Football

Protecting exclusivity in sports data rights: are courtsiding spotters a step too far for UK football fans?

Unless you are a fan of either team, Hull City’s early season home Championship fixture against Reading probably pass...
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| Phil Hutchinson | Badminton, Sports, Blogs, Articles, Mills & Reeve

Meat contamination and what it means for athletes: A review of Badminton World Federation v Ratchanok Intanon

On 4 October 2019, former world champion badminton player Ratchanok Intanon was cleared1 of doping after an independe...
Football Players
| Tiran Gunawardena, Rustam Sethna | Sports, Athlete Welfare, Blogs, Football, Employment, Articles, Regulation & Governance, Mills & Reeve

An overview of FIFA’s ‘Phase 2’ reforms – agents, loans and clearing house

Stakeholders in world football have witnessed a host of regulatory changes brought about by FIFA, particularly over t...

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