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How Europe’s Major Football Leagues Are Regulating Fixtures & Sanctioning Clubs For Outbreaks Of Covid-19

How Europe’s Major Football Leagues Are Regulating Fixtures & Sanctioning Clubs For Outbreaks Of Covid-19
Friday, 26 March 2021 By Gavin Brogan

The author recently wrote on the successful appeals of St. Mirren FC and Kilmarnock FC[1] against match forfeits imposed on them by the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) for Covid-19-related breaches, after infections in their squads forced them to miss fixtures.

Given the global impact of Covid-19, it is unsurprising that the SPFL is not the only football league that has had to consider how to regulate fixtures and sanction clubs for coronavirus outbreaks. This article compares the approaches being taken by other leagues and governing bodies across Europe, specifically in:

  • UEFA tournaments
  • England
  • Italy
  • France
  • Spain
  • Germany

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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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