The power to end the football season: lessons from the decision in South Shields FC v The FA

Published 15 June 2020 By: Nick De Marco QC

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The distinguished arbitral panel, chaired by Lord Dyson with Charles Flint QC and Andrew Green QC, recently delivered its award in the case of South Shields Football Club 1888 Limited v The Football Association Limited.[1] The decision, which considered The FA’s powers to bring the 2019/20 football season to an end for Steps 3 to 7 of the National League System, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, is one of the first to examine the scope of regulatory decision-making in the field of sport in the wake of the current global health crisis. Nick De Marco QC discusses the case, examining:

  • Background
  • The challenge
  • The decision
  • Wider implications of the decision

 

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Nick De Marco

Nick De Marco QC

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.

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