Who has jurisdiction over international football transfer disputes?
Published 02 September 2017 By: John Mehrzad
Recent sporting headlines have been dominated by the record levels of fees spent on football player transfers.
Behind the scenes, international disputes – involving parties from or based in different countries – related to transfers of players or the negotiation of player contracts have also increased enormously over the last few years.
Those disputes typically concern intermediaries – previously known as “player agents” – being cut-out of deals, not being paid under representation contracts, or deriving benefits from players or clubs to which they were not entitled.
In that context, this article will consider a key preliminary issue for any such international dispute – the question of jurisdiction. Specifically, it examines:
- The position to 1 April 2015;
- The current position;
- The potential jurisdictions;
- o Court of Arbitration for Sport
- o FA Rule K
- o National courts
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- Tags: Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) | Dispute Resolution | Employment | FA Rules of the Association | FIFA | FIFA Player's Agents Regulations | FIFA Players Status Committee | FIFA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries | Football | The Football Association (The FA) | United Kingdom (UK)
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