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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

Your guide to the introduction of Video Assistant Referees

On 14 February 2017, Sports Shorts discussed the then upcoming AGM of the International Football Association Board (“IFAB”), the body that determines the rules of football.  That article focused on the issues that were up for discussion at the AGM, in particular the possible introduction of sin-bins at certain levels of the sport. The AGM … Continue Reading

England v Italy – The fox outfoxed. Coaching masterstroke or a devaluing of the game?

During the Autumn Internationals in November last year Australian jackal-in-chief David Pocock seemingly loitered in an offside position before intercepting a pass from Ireland’s Connor Murray and nearly scoring a try. It subsequently transpired that Pocock was aware of, and exploiting, a loophole in the rules of the game created when no ruck is formed … Continue Reading

The romance of the FA Cup: are managers required by regulation to pick full-strength sides?

In the week following Valentine’s Day, the much-vaunted romance of the FA Cup appeared to experience something of a rekindling.  While the fire in the loins of the world’s oldest football competition was subsequently dampened by “Pie-gate” (as to which, Sports Shorts’ thoughts are here), the FA Cup quarter-finals will see their first non-league representative … Continue Reading

Wayne Shaw – A bitter pie to swallow? Football’s zero tolerance rule on betting bites once again

With Monday night’s fifth round FA Cup tie between Sutton United v Arsenal entering the 83rd minute, and with the non-league side trailing their Premier League opposition by two goals to nil following a spirited performance by the underdogs, a curious incident took place. Much to the mirth and delight of TV commentators and social … Continue Reading

RFU announces Arscott decision and deems tactical leak to be “Inside Information”

Last month, Sports Shorts considered Tom Arscott’s sacking by the Aviva Premiership Rugby side Sale Sharks.  Not only was this a fairly novel occurrence of a member of a sports team being sacked by their current employer for a breach of confidentiality, it also served to highlight, in a broader employment context, the obligations of … Continue Reading

GolfSixes: are shorts and selfies soon going to be synonymous with golf?

On Sunday 12 February 2017, golf’s European Tour unveiled a ‘revolutionary and novel short form of the game’ which is designed to ‘embrace innovation and originality in professional golf’.  The first GolfSixes event will take place in North West London on 6-7 May 2017 and will feature two-man teams from 16 European nations.  The teams … Continue Reading

The 2017 6 Nations Championship – The Year of the Bonus Point?

For some, mainly rugby fans, the 6 Nations Championship truly represents the most wonderful time of the year. 15 test matches played over 7 weekends provide an opportunity to renew sporting and national rivalries in one of sports great annual competitions. In the last 2 years the rugby has culminated in nail-biting finishes with Ireland’s … 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

The prevention of head injuries in cricket: will new regulations help?

Concussion is a contentious issue in sport and is a topic that has previously been covered by Sports Shorts here, here and here.  Many sports involve physical contact and, in the professional era where sportspeople are stronger, faster and more athletic than at any time before, the risk of serious injury is high.  The onus … Continue Reading

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
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