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Common-ownership: UEFA reach decision on participation by RB Leipzig and FC Red Bull Salzburg in UEFA Champions League 2017/2018

On 8 June 2017, Sports Shorts considered the issue of whether RB Leipzig and FC Red Bull Salzburg would both be permitted to participate in the UEFA Champions League 2017/2018 season.  Both clubs qualified from their respective leagues on merit but, given that both clubs are in one way or another funded by Red Bull, … Continue Reading

Football is still a game of two halves but of what duration? IFAB’s proposals on increasing effective playing time

On Thursday 15 June 2017, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) launched the ‘Play Fair’ initiative which aims to, in partnership with FIFA, ‘expand the football debate with a ‘Play Fair!’ strategy which complements and enhances FIFA’s ‘fair play’ programme so that ideas to develop the game through its Laws reflect “what football wants”’.  IFAB, … Continue Reading

Red Bull Leipzig v Red Bull Salzburg: a Champions League reality?

The summer can prove a fallow time for football fans.  With the exception of the FIFA Confederations Cup, which commences on 17 June 2017, fans have little to keep themselves entertained on the football front this summer.  Many will delve deep into the gossip pages of their favourite websites. Which players will be bought? Which … Continue Reading

Snow angels, spikes, and The Worm: putting the fun back in football

The NFL has announced that it is “putting the fun back in football” by relaxing the rules governing touchdown celebrations, to allow players “more room to have fun after they make big plays”.  The letter to fans from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell promised (with the help of some illustrative GIFs) the return of snow angels, … Continue Reading

The unbroken 2: a pair of Nikes, an unofficial record, and the age-old question of technology’s place in sport

On Saturday 6 May 2017, Olympic Gold medallist Eliud Kipchoge donned a pair of Nike ZoomX VaporFly Elite shoes (containing a specially designed carbon fibre plate promoting a forward-tilt of the feet) and ran 17 laps of the Monza Italian F1 track, surrounded by a troupe of 30 fellow elite pacemaker runners, running behind a … Continue Reading

Inaugural Golf Sixes Event: plenty of panache and pyrotechnics but was there any pizzazz?

In February 2017, Sports Shorts wrote about the European Tour’s new short form golf tournament, Golf Sixes. As a reminder, Golf Sixes was billed as a ‘revolutionary and novel short form of the game’ which is designed to ‘embrace innovation and originality in professional golf’.  The inaugural Golf Sixes event took place at the Centurion … Continue Reading

Part Two – common ownership of sports teams and its regulation in European football

Last week, Sports Shorts considered media reports that Premiership Rugby restricted a proposed investment by Mohed Altrad’s investment in Gloucester RFC to just 20% and the desire of stakeholders in European Rugby Union to ensure and maintain confidence in the integrity of its competitions. In this second instalment, Sports Shorts will consider how common ownership … Continue Reading

Part One – common ownership of sports teams and Mohed Altrad’s aborted investment in Gloucester RFC

Earlier this month, it was reported that Premiership Rugby had voted against a proposed investment in Gloucester RFC by the France-based billionaire Mohed Altrad. Under the terms of the proposed investment, Altrad would have purchased a 45% stake in the Cherry and Whites, who compete in the Aviva Premiership and will face Stade Français in … Continue Reading

The end of Joey Barton’s career? All bets are off

On 6 October 2016, Sport Shorts covered the charge levelled by the Scottish Football Association (the “SFA”) against Joey Barton (then of Glasgow Rangers) in respect of 44 bets he was alleged to have placed on football matches between 1 July and 15 September 2016.  Barton later admitted the charges against him. Barton’s gambling-related troubles … Continue Reading

Part Two – Home Grown Player requirements in English football and the introduction of “club-developed” players

Last week, Sports Shorts considered the genesis of home grown player requirements within European football and the current requirements that are in place in both the English Football League (“EFL”) and the English Premier League (“EPL”). In this second instalment, Sports Shorts considers whether or not the requirement to name home grown players in match … Continue Reading

Part One – Home Grown Player requirements in English football and the introduction of “club-developed” players

On 6 April 2017, the English Football League (“EFL”) announced that its 72 members clubs (each of whom compete in one of the three divisions that the EFL oversees – the Championship, League One, and League Two) had approved proposals to increase the number of “home grown players” in their match day squads for the … Continue Reading

O Captain! My Captain! A consideration of the Premier League Rules on captaincy

During the recent Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City, Laurent Koscielny, the Arsenal centre-back, was substituted at half-time. Following the match, Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, revealed that the reason for the substitution was a recurrence of “an old Achilles problem” that had flared up while Koscielny was on international duty with France.  … Continue Reading

Armchair referees: why Tiger Woods was right about Lexi Thompson’s wrong

On Sunday 2 April 2017, Lexi Thompson was given a four-stroke penalty while leading the LPGA’s first Major of the year and was subsequently defeated in a play-off to Ryu So-yeon, following the actions of a vigilant television viewer.  This was not a mistake nor the result of a new or innovative fan engagement exercise; this was the … Continue Reading

What’s behind the ECB’s new (city based) Twenty20 tournament?

On 27 March 2017, the Chief Executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Tom Harrison, announced that, from 2020, there will (probably) be a new domestic Twenty20 tournament (in addition to the current Twenty20 Blast) designed to ‘rival the best in the world’.  Uniquely, the tournament will be city (as opposed to county) based and … Continue Reading

Loi Évin: How Law Makers in France Have Forced a Divide Between Alcohol & Sport

Recently, rugby legend Dan Carter made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. After being pulled over by the police on Avenue des Champs-Élysées for speeding, police discovered that he was over the alcohol limit. He was subsequently dropped by his sponsor Land Rover for what seems to be a breach of a morality clause, … Continue Reading
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