Monthly Archives: April 2010

Straight set win for Daily Telegraph v Robert Dee as London High Court’s Rule he really was ‘World’s Worst’ Tennis Player………….

The 23 year old pro British tennis player was stopped in his tracks mid game recently (28 April 2010) as Mrs Justice Sharp gave summary judgment in the Libel action Dee had issued against the Daily Telegraph. The court agreed with the newspapers that Dee had no real prospect of rebutting the Daily Telegraph’s defence [...]

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In The Eye of the Storm

The world of sport in Melbourne has never seen so much drama for a sporting city.  In short, Melbourne Storm, who have been one of the top sides in the National Rugby League in Australia (NRL) have pleaded guilty to breaches of salary cap rules imposed by the NRL.  The breaches relate to the last [...]

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Players at risk – on the pitch and off it

FrontRow’s breakfast seminar on player safety will predominately focus on the question: Are the demands on modern sport to be spectacular compromising the safety of participants? Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, speaking about the Barclays Premier League recently said: “I just can’t imagine what state I’ll be in within five or six years if I continue [...]

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Strictly Come Dancing and Crimewatch Star Wins his ‘Protection from Harassment’ Battle Against Facebook Stalker…….

The media has often reported social networking sites as a factor in divorce, depression and even organised fights. Whether there is any substance or not in this is debatable, however, one thing is certain, social networking is a new, easily accessible and free form of communication that can be abused. This is something which Rav [...]

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Super Injunctions

A judicial committee has been set up to investigate the use of "Super Injunctions" – the gags on the press which newspapers or any other media are not even allowed to acknowledge the existence of. We understand the committee will consist of judges, two press representatives, but also two specialist law firms in London who [...]

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British Chiropractic Association v. Dr. Simon Singh

The British Chiropractic Association has dropped its libel action against science writer, Dr. Simon Singh. Dr. Singh was being sued by the association following comments made by him in a 2008 Guardian newspaper article about the effectiveness of chiropractic treatments.

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Discrimination in Sport

"In many ways it is barbaric, and I could never have come out without first establishing myself and earning respect as a player. Rugby was my passion, my whole life, and I wasn’t prepared to risk losing everything I loved." In December 2009 Gareth Thomas, Wales’s most-capped Rugby player became the first leading British sportsman [...]

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Footballer 'Double' Agent Faces More Than a Red Card for a Secret Commission

The Courts have consistently and even forcefully made the view that an agent owes his client the highest standard of care and therefore must never put personal interests before that duty. In the recent case of Imageview Management Ltd v Jack, involving a dispute between a footballer and his agent the Courts made no substitutions [...]

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Premiership Football Finances in the Red

Manchester United’s Anderson and the da Silva twins might be forgiven for thinking that they have become firm fan favorites at Old Trafford this season – the stands have been regularly dominated with the green and gold colours of their native Brazil. Green and Gold are in fact the original colours of Newton Heath FC, [...]

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First Footballer Jailed for Illegal Tackle

In March of this year Mark Chapman, 20, became the first football player to be jailed for an on-field tackle. Chapman’s horror challenge broke the leg of fellow Sunday League player Terry Johnson, ending the 26-year-old’s chances of ever playing football again. Chapman admitted Grievous Bodily Harm at Warwick Crown Court and was sentenced to [...]

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