How does the transfer market influence the integrity of football? - Episode 37
In this podcast Sean Cottrell, CEO of LawInSport, hosts a roundtable discussion with three leading sports lawyers Nick De Marco, Nick Tsatsas & Richard Berry. The roundtable includes a discussion on the legal issues that arise from the contractual, regulatory and governance structures in football including:
- The recent Telegraph sting which led to the departure of the England manager Sam Allardyce; including how would the Allardyce situation be handled in other professions?
- The prevalence of "under the table" deals which are either in breach of the regulation or at least present a real or potential conflict of interest and/or loyalty in football?
- How much does the current transfer system encourage some of these rouge practices?
- What action would you like The FA, UEFA & FIFA to take to create a more transparent and robust regulatory system in football such as regulating agents and third parties?
For further background reading see:
Publish every penny of transfer deals to end corruption by Gabriele Marcotti
This is a topic that will be discussed at the British Assocation for Sport & Law Annual Conference on the 13 October. Click here to see more details.
Nick De Marco
Nick is rated the leading junior barrister in Sports Law and is a member of Blackstone Chambers. He also sits as a member of the LawInSport Editorial Board.
Nick has advised and acted for a number of sports governing bodies, athletes, most Premier League football clubs and many world-class football players in commercial and regulatory disputes He is acknowledged as having special expertise in all aspects of football and has been involved in most of the recent high profile cases in the sport. He has particular expertise in financial regulation including financial fair play, disputes relating to football agents, player disputes and disciplinary issues, doping in football, commercial disputes between clubs and third parties and Third Party Ownership of football players. Chambers directory described him as the “go-to junior on any football regulatory issue”.
Nick is a partner and Head of the Employment team at Fladgate LLP. He acts for both employers and senior employees, and has particular experience of advising in relation to the drafting and enforceability of post-termination restrictive covenants, and as regards employment issues arising in the media and sports sectors. He is a member of the Firm's Sports Group and heads its Fashion Group and he has consistently been recognised as a leading lawyer in the employment field by Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession and The Legal 500.
Richard is a specialist sports lawyer who provides advice to a range of clients within the sports sector. His clients include international sports teams and governing bodies, Premier League football clubs, Premiership rugby clubs, sports agents and individual athletes and coaches.
He advises on a variety of legal matters including disciplinary and regulatory issues, and a wide range of disputes. Richard has a particular focus on employment and contractual issues.
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- Tags: Anti-Corruption | Contract Law | FIFA | Football | Governance | Integrity | Player Transfers | Regulation | The FA | UEFA
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About the Author
Sean is the founder and CEO of LawInSport. Founded in 2010, LawInSport has become the "go to sports law website" for sports lawyers and sports executives across the world.
Nick is rated a leading silk in Sports Law and is a member of Blackstone Chambers.
He has advised and acted for a number of sports governing bodies, athletes, most Premier League football clubs and many world-class football players in commercial and regulatory disputes.
Nick is a consultant solicitor and employment law specialist at Keystone Law. He acts for domestic and international employers, senior executives and high-profile personalities, and has particular expertise advising in relation to employment issues in the sports and media sectors. He has consistently been recognised as a leading lawyer in the employment field by Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession and The Legal 500.