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‘Gatland’s Law’: Playing for your country or securing your family’s financial future?

It is a stark choice but one that is faced by an increasing number of professional rugby union players around the world. Many of the top rugby nations have adopted explicit rules around the selection of players based abroad for the national team and others utilise similar, albeit unwritten, “guidelines” in order to maintain the … Continue Reading

FA makes maiden “Successful Deception of a Match Referee” charge

As readers of Sports Shorts will remember, the FA council approved the retrospective “Successful Deception of a Match Official” offence earlier this year. You can read our thoughts on the subject here. While the offence has been in force since the start of the 2017/18 season, yesterday, Carlisle United’s Shaun Miller became the first player … Continue Reading

UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations: Neymar, Mbappe and PSG’s transfer policy – “Financial Doping” or Market Forces?

Paris Saint Germain’s summer transfer activity came to an end in (Seine)sational style! The facts speak for themselves: The two largest football transfer fees in history – £366M combined spending on Neymar da Silva Santos Junior and Kylian Mbappe; Combined wages of a reported £700k/week (both on 5 year contracts). The signings of Neymar and … Continue Reading

Ricky Garard: CrossFit’s First Major Drugs Casualty

In August, Sports Shorts wrote about the updated 2017 CrossFit Games drugs policy (the “Policy”). In the final paragraph, we noted that it was hoped that the low level of breaches would continue and that the Policy would only truly be tested in the event a ‘big name’ athlete was found to have breached it. … Continue Reading

The Boston Red Sox steal a ‘Sign’and break the ‘Code’.

Most sports have rules or guidelines of varying complexity which are written down and interpreted by teams, umpires, players and fans (according to their respective affiliations).  Inevitably there is always a sense of ambiguity to the interpretation of these rules (for example, see the differences in how northern and southern hemisphere rugby referees, and/ or … Continue Reading

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

Major League Soccer Challenged in CAS

Earlier this month, two American soccer teams, Miami FC of the North American Soccer League (NASL) and Kingston Stockade FC of the National Premier Soccer League, North Atlantic Conference, brought a claim in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean … 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

The Neymar Transfer: An Analysis of Buy-Out Clauses – Part 1

Undoubtedly the biggest story of the present transfer window (or perhaps any transfer window ever) is the proposed transfer of Neymar from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a reported €222 million. To date, the largest transfer fee ever paid for a player was the €105 million Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba in … Continue Reading

Keaton Jennings: a case study on cricket eligibility

Ahead of the start of the third test between England and South Africa on Thursday, many a column inch has been devoted to the apparent fragility of England’s batting line-up and discussion has inevitably turned to whether personnel changes are necessary.  In particular, questions have been asked about whether England should persevere with 25 year-old … Continue Reading

Video Assistant Referees: the future of football?

On 19 June 2017, FIFA declared video assistant referees (VAR) as the ‘future of football’ as the technology continues to be trialled in live footballing events, this time at the Confederations Cup in Russia.  Fast forward to 26 June 2017 and, following a particularly confusing incident of mistaken identity where the match referee incorrectly awarded … Continue Reading

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
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