Players, Coaches & Managers

Sporting testimonials now the subject of new legislation

Testimonial matches are a long standing practice in the sporting world to honour and pay tribute to a sportsperson’s playing career. These events are often held to signify the end of a sportsperson’s playing career, but can also be to acknowledge a particular period of service. The practice was introduced at a time when professional [...]

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Do Athletes Need to Know They Are Using Prohibited Substances in Order to Violate Anti-Doping Rules?

  Doping – taking banned substances in order to enhance sporting performances – is an issue that many are aware of at the moment due to the much publicised test-data leak placing professional athletics under the spotlight. The amended World Anti-Doping Association Code that came into force in January 2015 (‘The Code’) emphasizes that it [...]

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Could football see a return of third party ownership before it has even left the sport?

Third party ownership, also known as a TPO, is when the transfer rights of players are wholly or partially owned by a third party other than the club the player plays for. Since 2006, this practice is something that is already prohibited in England ever since the media interest surrounding Carlos Tevez and Xavier Mascherano’s [...]

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End of the football season = start of the real work?

With the football season having finished it would be easy to suggest that for those working behind the scenes a long period of holiday is now upon us. However, this could not be further from the truth, particularly in respect of player transfers. Although the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil has provided a certain element [...]

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The CAS ad hoc division: Verdicts delivered at a gold medal winning speed

The start of the 22nd Olympic Winter Games in Russia will see people from all corners of the globe descend upon Sochi in anticipation of sporting glory. Amongst this mix of elite athletes, coaches, spectators and media will be members of the Court of Arbitration for Sport who have set up an ad hoc division [...]

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FA charges Anelka over ‘quenelle’ gesture – what happens next?

Following a lengthy period of investigation, The Football Association have today announced that they have charged the West Bromwich Albion player Nicolas Anelka following his much publicised ‘quenelle’ goal celebration during their fixture against West Ham on 28 December 2013. FrontRow Legal’s Alan Darfi, who prior to joining the practice spent 6 years at The [...]

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The new WADA Code: key changes

The World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) have recently approved the 2015 edition of the World Anti-Doping Code. The 2015 code is the result of an extensive 2 year consultation and review process which has been undertaken by WADA and will provide stricter punishments for athletes found guilty of intentionally doping, when it becomes effective from 1 [...]

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Crystal Palace FC Ltd v Kavanagh and Others

Due to the recent successes of Crystal Palace Football Club (please note, this statement refers mainly to their achievement in reaching the Premier League, not so much their results so far this season……) it is easy to forget that as recently as the 2009-2010 season the Club were languishing towards the bottom of the Championship [...]

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Mike Phillips takes legal action following his sacking by Bayonne

The Wales and British Lions scrum-half Mike Phillips was recently notified by his domestic club Bayonne that his contract, which was due to terminate in June 2014, has been immediately terminated by the French side. This followed an incident whereby he allegedly arrived at a team video analysis session while intoxicated. The player was immediately [...]

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Compliance with CPR requirements crucial to avoid additional costs

As was reported last FrontRow Legal recently successfully represented rugby league player Keith Mason ‘’the Player’’ in a claim worth £167,000 against his former club Huddersfield Giants ‘’the Club’’ (this blog can be found here). An interesting aspect of this case which has not been reported however relates to the order made by HHJ Saffman [...]

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