Tag Archives: FIFA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UEFA Congress: was this a golden opportunity blown?

Sports Shorts recently blogged about Michel Platini, the disgraced former FIFA Vice-President and UEFA President, being granted permission to speak at the UEFA Congress on 14 September 2016.   Permission was granted by FIFA’s Ethics Committee, the same body that investigated Platini for taking a 2 million Swiss franc payment from FIFA in 2011 and recommended … Continue Reading

Banned Michel Platini to address UEFA Congress (and is given a golden opportunity to support football’s governance reforms)

UEFA announced this morning that it had made a successful application to FIFA’s Ethics Committee for Michel Platini, the former UEFA President, to address the upcoming 12th Extraordinary UEFA Congress on 14 September 2016. The agenda of the UEFA Congress includes the election of the next UEFA President. It has been reported that UEFA’s application … Continue Reading

Kosovar players test FIFA eligibility rules

On Monday 5 September 2016, the Kosovo national football team played its first competitive international match, drawing 1 – 1 with Finland in a World Cup qualifier.  Valon Berisha, who plays his club football for Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga, was the scorer of Kosovo’s first ever goal in a competitive international football … Continue Reading
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