Parting with powerful executives: Lessons for sports organisations from the IFAF v Tommy Wiking case

Published 16 May 2018 By: Paul Nicholls QC

Resignation letter with American football background

This article reviews the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (the CAS) in International Federation of American Football (IFAF) and others v Tommy Wiking1.

The case is a salutary lesson in the difficulties that can arise when senior individuals within sporting bodies fall out with the organisation, which then wants to part with that individual. It is also an example of how it may be possible for a sporting organisation to exploit circumstances to achieve its preferred outcome.


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Paul Nicholls QC

Paul Nicholls QC

Paul Nicholls QC is a barrister at Matrix Chambers and specialises in a number of areas including restraint of trade and unlawful competition, employment law, commercial law, procurement law and public law.

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