The FA V Nathaniel Mendez-Laing – A New Approach To Substances Of Abuse In Sport

On 12 February 2021 The FA published the written reasons[1] in the case of The FA v Nathaniel Mendez-Laing[2]. This c...

Game Theory & The Beautiful Game: Ibrahimovic, EA Sports And Collective Bargaining Of Image Rights

The late Wilt Chamberlain was one of the greatest basketball players to ever grace the NBA[1].  Some, including ...

Sports Stadia Development & The Dangers Of Restrictive Covenants: Lessons from the Bath Rugby Club Case

A recent case[1] affecting Bath Rugby Club may mean that the club has to abandon its plan to build a new 18,000 seate...

FIFA’s Solidarity Mechanism And Problems Arising On Exchange Of Players (The Ante Rebic Case)

The solidarity mechanism, along with training compensation, is one of the basic pillars of the FIFA Regulations on th...

Fighting Match Forfeits For Covid-19: The Cases Of St Mirren & Kilmarnock FC

This article discusses the recent appeal by Scottish football teams St Mirren FC and Kilmarnock FC, in...

The relationship between data protection and referee reports in English Football

This article considers the use of personal data in reports submitted by referees to the Football Association (FA - or...

A Guide To FIFA’s Eligibility Regulations For International Football

On 18 September 2020, at its 70th Congress, FIFA approved changes to their eligibility regulations[1] (the Regulation...

Conflicts of interest in football governance – are more independent directors the solution?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a monumental challenge[1] for the institutions that govern football. International fed...

Betting On Inside Information In Football: Lessons from the Trippier and Sturridge cases

The recent cases of The FA v. Kieran Trippier[1] and The FA v. Daniel Sturridge[2] have highlighted what is likely to...

2021 WADA Code – Reduced Sanctions For Substances Of Abuse, Multiple Violations And Recreational Athletes

On 1 January 2021, the fourth version of the World Anti-Doping Code[1] (the 2021 Code) went into effect and brought w...

Sanctioning footballers for social media posts: PSG & Neymar v UEFA

Since the seminal case in England of The FA v Ryan Babel in January 2011[1], in which the first case of social media ...

Annual Review On Sports Dispute Resolution In China (2020)

Commercial Dispute Resolution in China: An Annual Review and Preview*  An introduction to the Annual Review by ...

Who Is Competent To Decide Upon The “Sporting Successor” Of A Football Club?

This article examines which body within FIFA is competent to decide a claim relating to the “sporting succession” of ...

Analysis of FIFA’s 2021 Regulatory Changes – Female Players, Coaches, Brexit And More

On 19 November 2020, the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee (FSC) endorsed reforms[1] to the Regulations on the Sta...

Regulating Against Competition Manipulation In Sport

Financial pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic threaten to increase the incidence of competition manipulation (f...

A Review Of FIFA’s Minor Application Guide For U18 International Transfers

To prevent child exploitation, FIFA prohibits the international transfer of minors - i.e. players under the age ...
Title image of basketball player - Sports law in 2021 – key issues to watch in North America

Sports law in 2021 – key issues to watch in North America

Here are the top sports law issues to watch out for in 2021 in North America from the LawInSport Editorial Board.&nbs...
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Sports Law In 2021 – Key Issues to watch in Africa, Asia & Australia

Here are the top sports law issues to watch out for in 2021 in Africa, Asia and Australia from the LawInSport Editori...
Title image of football player - Sports law in 2021 – key issues to watch in South America

Sports law in 2021 – key issues to watch in South America

Here are the top sports law issues to watch out for in 2021 from South America from the LawInSport Editorial Boa...
Title image of tennis player - Sports law in 2021 – key issues to watch in Europe

Sports law in 2021 – key issues to watch in Europe

Here are the top sports law issues to watch out for in 2021 in Europe from the LawInSport Editorial Board.  D...
Title image of rugby player - Sports law in 2021 – key issues to watch in UK & Ireland

Sports law in 2021 – key issues to watch in UK & Ireland

Here are the top sports law issues to watch out for in 2021 from the UK and Ireland from the LawInSport Editorial Boa...
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When football administrators end up in prison - the ongoing case of Racing de Santander’s former managers

Racing de Santander has been a historical football team within the Spanish football and has had to deal with some dif...

Why the Competition Appeal Tribunal refused Football DataCo’s application to transfer Sportradar’s claim to the High Court

The Competition Appeal Tribunal recently handed down its Judgment[1] refusing the application by the First ...

Creating a level playing field? Athletes turning to courts to protect their employment law rights

Athletes are bringing claims to assert their statutory employment rights in courts and employment tribunals, from Aus...
International football players

A guide to the new immigration rules for players coming to the Premier League and EFL

With the opening of the transfer window on 2 January 2021, UK football clubs will be in uncharted territory. Not only...

Sports investigations: the risky business of deleting phone apps

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently failed in its bid to prosecute Konstantin Vishnyak, a former bank...

Special purpose acquisition companies: are football clubs going (back) to the stock market?

Stock markets this year, most notably in the U.S., have been boosted by the return of special purpose acquisition com...
Football equipment and cards

FIFA’s normalisation committees – what are they and how do they work?

This article was last updated on 10 November 2020 (originally published October 2018).  Whilst FIFA has been a ...

Claiming commission on football sponsorship deals: lessons for agencies & clubs from Winlink v Liverpool FC

By sponsoring an English Premier League club companies can promote themselves to a loyal audience of over three billi...

Key trends in sports broadcasting: does the model really need to change?

LawInSport discussed the current state of media rights in sport with a number of leading industry experts to examine ...
Trinidad and Tobago Football Association v. FIFA – the validity of normalisation committees and exclusive jurisdiction of CAS

Trinidad and Tobago Football Association v. FIFA – the validity of normalisation committees and exclusive jurisdiction of CAS

On 13 October 2020, the High Court of Justice in Trinidad and Tobago (the High Court) issued their decision (availabl...
Why football’s new handball rule is proving so controversial

Why football’s new handball rule is proving so controversial

The 2020/2021 Premier League season is just four rounds in and already players, managers fans and pundits have been l...

Cyber threats to sports organisations (and key steps to reduce exposure)

Like so many others, sports organisations depend heavily on IT and technology services to keep the show on the road, ...

How COVID-19 is impacting commercial sports contracts

With the coronavirus having a profound impact on world sport and its commercial revenue streams, we have spoken to le...
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Freedom of speech vs. employment obligations in Germany – the cases of Joshiko Saibou & Jadon Sancho

Opinions and their expression are omnipresent in sports. Colin Kaepernick taking a knee against racism, together with...
Investment Concept

How would a private equity firm invest in the English Football League?

Private equity firm, CVC Capital Partners (CVC), has had a relatively long affiliation with sport including Moto GP a...
Sports Employee

When can sports organisations dismiss employees without fault?

The period since the turn of the year will undoubtedly go down as one of the toughest in the history of sport. Covid-...
Indian Football

Indian football’s roadmap to reform: how the ISL and I-League will work together

When one thinks of India and sport in a single frame, cricket is the first thing that comes to mind. But what of foot...

M&A in Sports: has COVID-19 moved the goalposts?

Back in Q1 2020, the Linklaters Sports law team looked ahead with optimism at the potential for growth and investment...
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