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Joel Matip – International retiree or African Cup of Nations absentee?

Joel Matip was left out of Liverpool FC’s squad for the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon following confusion as to his status with the Cameroon national team. Although Matip was not selected for Cameroon’s final 23-man squad for the African Cup of Nations, and purportedly retired from international duty after his last … Continue Reading

The demise of Canadian football: the problem with the MLS Player Roster Rules and Regulations

The time of year where football managers most readily lament fixture congestion is again upon us.  The 2016/2017 Premier League season saw 40 Premier League games over the festive period, with each club playing four fixtures between Saturday 17 December 2016 and Wednesday 4 January 2017.  Those fixtures were played on twelve separate match-days, with … Continue Reading

Breaching sports rules and regulations: a brief history of the “-gate”

The line between winning and losing is often thin.  Throughout the history of sport, sportsmen and women have consistently demonstrated that they will go to remarkable lengths to gain any advantage they can, no matter how marginal. For this reason, sports governing bodies implement rules and regulations.  The purpose of these is to set out … Continue Reading

Kosovar players test FIFA eligibility rules

On Monday 5 September 2016, the Kosovo national football team played its first competitive international match, drawing 1 – 1 with Finland in a World Cup qualifier.  Valon Berisha, who plays his club football for Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga, was the scorer of Kosovo’s first ever goal in a competitive international football … Continue Reading