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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

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

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

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

It’s been 100 days since Britain voted to leave the EU: do we now know how player recruitment will be affected?

In the United States, there is a tradition that the new President’s performance is measured after 100 days in office.  Today (3 October 2016), marks 100 days since the British nation voted to leave the European Union on 24 June 2016. On Sunday 2 October 2016, Theresa May (again) declared that Brexit really means Brexit. … Continue Reading

The Sam Allardyce controversy: what are the rules regarding third party ownership?

The Telegraph has today reported that Sam Allardyce, the manager of the England football team, has explained to purported businessmen how they could circumvent the Football Association’s rules that prohibit third party ownership of players. While some of the other revelations in The Telegraph’s report may be more personally embarrassing for Allardyce, it is his … Continue Reading
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