The role and extent of criminal sanctions in sport

Injured Player
Published: Monday, 15 July 2019. Written by Gavin Brogan No Comments

The Swiss Federal Court recently upheld the criminal conviction of an amateur footballer following a tackle he made during a game of football, which resulted in injury to an opposing player. The fact that a player could receive a criminal sentence for making a tackle in a football game may well be surprising.

This article considers the relevant law in this area and when a tackle in football becomes criminal, from a UK perspective. Specifically, it looks at:

  • Facts of the Swiss case

  • The difference between on the ball offences and off the ball offences

  • Consent, UK criminal law and football cases

    • Principles from R v Brown and R v Bradshaw

    • The footballing case of R v Barnes

  • The approach post Barnes

    • Lord Woolf’s guidance on the concurrent role of sports disciplinary bodies and civil proceedings

    • Agreement on the handling of incidents falling under both criminal and football regulatory jurisdiction

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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.

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