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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

Social media in sport: top tips

It seems there is seldom a time when social media is not in the spotlight one way or another and the sporting world is no exception.  Most recently, we have seen incidences of athletes falling foul of their governing body’s social media policies, such as Pittsburgh Steelers’ Antonio Brown who earlier this week found himself … Continue Reading

Chinese Football Association moves to curtail ‘irrational investment’ – are foreign player quotas or ‘home grown’ rules the solution to national team success?

On Monday 16 January 2017, the Chinese Football Association (the “CFA“) announced a raft of measures designed to carry out the requirements of the ‘Overall Plan for Reform and Development of Chinese Football’, as issued by the Chinese State Council General Office in March 2015. That plan had a long term goal to see the … 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

Usain Bolt, Nitro Athletics, IAAF and breakaway leagues

In November 2016, the launch of a new athletics team event, Nitro Athletics, was announced.   The inaugural event will be held in Melbourne on three evenings in February 2017 and promises to ‘revolutionise’ track and field.  Fronted by global superstar Usain Bolt, six teams will take part: the ‘Bolt All-Stars’, Australia, England, New Zealand, Japan … Continue Reading

Last Post of the Year

Since we launched in August this year Sports Shorts has posted 86 blogs covering a multitude of topics including: a look at new rules concerning Premier League shirt sponsorship; a review of UK Sport and Sport England’s ‘Code for Sports Governance’ consideration of England Rugby’s training camps; an analysis of the FIFA Poppy Dispute (twice); … 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

Bah humbug! FIFA’s Christmas ‘gift’ to the Home Nations’ Football Associations

On 19 December 2016, FIFA announced that it was fining each of the four Home Nation’s Football Associations for “incidents during 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying matches and international friendlies”.  In short, this is FIFA’s decision to fine the Home Nations for their actions in commemorating Armistice Day and Easter Rising respectively during Official competition, … Continue Reading

The Saturday afternoon football blackout: an analysis

English fans of Spanish football may have been disappointed this weekend not to find El Clásico, the match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, in their TV guides.  The match kicked off at 3:15pm UK time and finished 1 – 1, with honours even, but was not shown on English television. While El Clásico represents one … Continue Reading

du Plessis in breach of ICC Code of Conduct after ball found in less than mint condition

The International Cricket Council (the “ICC”) confirmed on Tuesday 22 November 2016 that Faf du Plessis, the captain of the South Africa cricket team, would be fined 100 per cent of his match fee and given three demerit points for “applying an artificial substance to the ball” during the fourth day’s play in the second … Continue Reading

Politics in Football: Beyond Apparel

On 2 November 2016, Sports Shorts wrote about the English and Scottish Football Associations’ request for their players to wear armbands featuring poppies. On Friday, the two teams ignored FIFA’s guidance and decided to play with the armband anyway.  Our blog post on this issue noted the thorny intersection between sports and politics and the … Continue Reading

Jonjo Shelvey: An Aggravated Breach?

On 8 November 2016, the Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was charged by the Football Association (the “FA”) for misconduct in relation to comments allegedly made to his opponent, the Wolverhampton Wanderers player Romain Saiss, during the sides’ match on 17 September 2016.  The FA’s press release states in full that: “Jonjo Shelvey has been charged … Continue Reading

England v Scotland: Poppies, Politics, a Prime Minister and a President

The often uneasy crossover between sport and politics has again been thrown into the spotlight this week, with the news that FIFA has turned down a request from the English and Scottish Football Associations for their players to wear armbands featuring poppies when they play each other on Armistice Day. FIFA’s decision has caused uproar. … Continue Reading

Road Rage in Mexico – Unsportsmanlike conduct in F1

The final 3 laps of this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix contained as much excitement as a number of other races from this season put together. The excitement came during the battle for third place contested by Max Vertsappen, Red Bull’s teenage sensation, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and  Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. In the final laps these … Continue Reading

The Spanish Football Association and minors: more sanctions

On 25 October 2016, FIFA announced that the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (the Spanish FA) (the “RFEF”) for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18. According to FIFA’s press release, the RFEF was found to have: “…violated several provisions concerning … Continue Reading

No pyro, no party?

Pyrotechnics and flares are commonly used by supporters in football stadiums in continental Europe and further afield, often by groups colloquially known as “Ultras”. However, those who regularly follow football in the UK will have found it hard to ignore the increased prevalence of pyrotechnics and flares at UK football stadia in recent years. Indeed, … Continue Reading

Bastian Schweinsteiger and termination for sporting just cause

José Mourinho, the manager of Manchester United, stated yesterday that his side has no “untouchables”.  Asked by journalists about whether any players in his current squad were immune from the risk of being dropped, Mourinho is reported to have said that: “Untouchable in our team has to be the spirit, the commitment, the pride, the … Continue Reading

Football transfer rules – in the news again!

Tomorrow (13 October 2016), Sports Shorts will be attending the British Association for Sport and Law’s Annual Conference (full programme available here). The ‘Hot Topics’ session will focus on the rules which govern each football transfer window, how the transfer window began and why we (and the media) have such a fascination with it. And … Continue Reading
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