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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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