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Governing Body Endorsement For Overseas Players – How Post-Brexit Criteria Have Impacted Scottish Football

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Wednesday, 05 October 2022 By Gavin Brogan

In a previous LawInSport article[1], the new qualifying criteria for the issuing of a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) to non-UK senior male footballers transferring to a club in England, which was introduced as a consequence of the implementation of Brexit in the UK and signalled the end of the free movement of EU workers to the UK, was discussed in detail.

This article considers the new qualifying criteria for the issuing of a GBE for non-UK senior male footballers transferring to a club in Scotland, how the Scottish GBE criteria differs from the criteria applicable to England and the impact, to date, that the new GBE criteria has had on the recruitment of players by Scottish clubs.

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Gavin Brogan

Gavin Brogan

Gavin is a Partner, Digby Brown, one of Scotland's largest specialist litigation firms. He undertook a commercial traineeship at Dentons in Glasgow and Edinburgh before moving to his current firm where he specialises in reparation litigation.

Gavin maintains an interest in sports related legal matters and holds a Masters in International Sports Law from Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (ISDE), in Madrid. Gavin is also a Disciplinary Panel Member of Scottish Athletics and England Boxing.

Gavin is a keen amateur footballer. During his time at Glasgow University, he played for the Glasgow University amateur football team that qualified for the professional Scottish Cup.

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