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The Neymar Transfer Saga Continues

Earlier this month, Sports Shorts considered the Neymar transfer saga with an in-depth look at the law surrounding buy-out clauses and a more specific post on penalty clauses in contracts entered into by Spanish clubs and minors. Neymar, backed by Paris Saint-Germain, was recently able to buy himself out of his contract with FC Barcelona … Continue Reading

Pay dispute – Australian cricket back on track?

Last month, Sports Shorts wrote about the pay dispute between the Australian cricket governing body, Cricket Australia (CA), and the players.  At that time, deadlock prevailed and the Australian players were refusing to play as they were effectively unemployed when the old Memorandum of Understanding (which governed matters such as pay) expired. At the beginning of this … Continue Reading

The Neymar Transfer: An Analysis of Buy-Out Clauses – Part 2

Since part 1 of this blog series was published, the Neymar transfer saga moved to a denouement.  Overnight, FC Barcelona were reported to have accepted the buy-out fee and today (4 August 2017), Neymar was officially unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player. In the case of Neymar, the inclusion of a buy-out clause in the … Continue Reading

Cricket Australia v the Australian Cricketers’ Association – Picket lines at the Ashes?!

It has been rumbling on for some time, stories here and there in the press suggesting that negotiations regarding pay in a sporting context were going to come to a head and potentially turn into an ugly dispute.  It is not unusual to see such stories in sport, particularly given the salaries some sports stars … Continue Reading

Hakan Çalhanoğlu: the risks of terminating a contract without just cause under the FIFA Regulations

On 2 February 2017, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) issued a media release in which it confirmed that it had upheld the FIFA decision by which the football player Hakan Çalhanoğlu (the “Player”) was banned from playing for four months after breaching the terms of an employment contract that he had entered into … Continue Reading

Ben Barba: Rugby League, Rugby Union and Cocaine

When a professional athlete tests positive for a prohibited substance, the consequences can be severe.  The athlete may be banned (either for a set period or for the remainder of their lifetime), they may have their results revoked, they may face the imposition of a financial penalty (together with any financial loss that occurs as … Continue Reading

Has Johan’s Goosen been cooked?

Last month, my colleague Rosie Duckworth wrote a great blog about the Denny Solomona situation following his ‘retirement’ from rugby league to pick up a contract with rugby union side, Sale Sharks.  Rosie referenced another brewing situation and now the Johan Goosen story is simmering towards boiling point. Goosen is/was a South African international rugby … Continue Reading

One to watch: will Denny Solomona be the Jean-Marc Bosman of rugby?

The most recent clash between Rugby League and Union, centred on New Zealand born winger Denny Solomona, came to a head last week when, on 13 December, Solomona formally announced his retirement from Rugby League (leaving club Castleford two years before the expiry of his contract) for a move to Union club Sale Sharks on a … Continue Reading
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