Fair or foul? Competition law and the financial regulation of football - Part 1

Published 10 July 2013 By: Rhodri Thompson QC, Christopher Brown, Andrew Smith

Fair or foul?  Competition law and the financial regulation of football - Part 1

Leading football clubs are big business – but they are more than that.  Most clubs have strong local roots and they attract huge publicity throughout Europe.  Particularly in the United Kingdom, that has generated huge television revenues and has attracted investors from around the world.  The consequences for spectators and for smaller clubs have caused widespread public concern and has led to calls for regulation of the industry. 

 

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Rhodri Thompson QC

Rhodri Thompson QC

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Rhodri is a specialist silk in EU and competition law, appearing regularly in the CAT, UK and EU Courts.  He has advised a wide range of sports and media organizations on issues arising out of the Bosman ruling and competition law, including the BBC, the Premier League, the lawn tennis governing bodies and football, cricket and rugby union clubs and players.  He is currently acting for Coventry City FC in a judicial review of the local council in respect of the Ricoh stadium, Coventry.

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Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown is a barrister at Matrix Chambers in London.  His practice focuses on competition law and general EU law; he also has experience of general commercial, public and human rights law.

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Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Andrew is a barrister practising from Matrix Chambers in London. He is an employment law specialist, and has a keen interest in sports law and sport generally. His Matrix profile (including Directory recommendations) may be viewed here.

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