Regulatory & Disciplinary

Characteristics of the Reader Taken into Account When Deciding the Meaning of Words in Defamation Cases

In Theedom v Nourish Training (t/a CSP Recruitment) the Claimant, a former employee of Nourish Trading (NT), brought a claim against NT after the managing partner sent e-mails to 124 other employers complaining about the claimants alleged conduct. The e-mail stated that the Claimant was sacked for passing confidential information to his girlfriend which amounted [...]

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Leeds United President Massimo Cellino banned under Football League’s Owners’ and Directors’ test

The Football League announced on 19 October 2015 that, following a review of the reasoned Judgment of an Italian court, it had deemed that the President of Leeds United Football Club Massimo Cellino’s conviction under Italian tax legislation relating to the non-payment of VAT constituted a disqualifying condition under its Directors’ and Owners’ test. As [...]

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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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Richard provides expert opinion on rejection of Massimo Cellino appeal

Following the announcement yesterday from The Football League that the appeal by the Leeds United Owner Massimo Cellino against his disqualification under the Owners and Directors test had been rejected, FrontRow Legal’s Principal Richard Cramer was once again on hand to provide expert opinion to the national and local press on the ramifications of this [...]

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FrontRow Legal provide expert sports law opinions to the press on Massimo Cellino ruling

Following the recent announcement from The Football League that Leeds United Football Club owner Massimo Cellino will be forced to resign from his role at the Club after receipt of the Judgment from the Italian court which found him guilty of tax evasion, FrontRow Legal were called upon to provide expert opinions on this issue to the [...]

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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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Richard called upon yet again to provide expert legal opinion

Following the recent announcement that Norwich City, Fulham and Cardiff City have instructed lawyers to challenge a decision made by the Premier League to only fine Sunderland AFC following the fielding of an ineligible player, FrontRow Legal’s principal Richard Cramer was once again on hand to provide expert legal opinion to the national press. Although [...]

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Leeds United: Richard asked to provide expert opinion to the press

The past few weeks have been busier than usual for FrontRow Legal’s principal Richard Cramer, with various national and local journalists, including those from the BBC and ITV, requesting interviews to discuss the recent events surrounding the proposed takeover of Leeds United FC by Massimo Cellino. On 18 March 2014, the Italian courts fined the [...]

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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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