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Is Scotland better than England at Sport?

A controversial question I know, but let’s looks at the facts: Cricket – Yesterday, Scotland beat a full strength England side, the number one ranked side in the World, in a One Day International in Edinburgh. The host team scored a record beating 371 runs before dismissing England for 365 with more than an over … Continue Reading

Turkish Football Federation Issues Record Breaking Sanction to Arda Turan for Match Official Abuse

As the Turkish Süper Lig draws to a close a record 16 match ban (i.e. the rest of this season and 14 games in the following season) has been given out to Barcelona loanee Arda Turan for pushing a match official during a heated 1 – 1 draw between İstanbul Başakşehir and Sivasspor. After the … Continue Reading

UEFA bans FC Sion from competing in UEFA competitions for two years.

UEFA, the governing body for European football, has issued a stark warning to European clubs not to breach its licensing rules and regulations. The UEFA Club Financial Control Body Adjudicatory Chamber (the “Adjudicatory Chamber”) imposed a €235,000 fine on FC Sion as well as a two year ban on competing in UEFA competitions for breaching … Continue Reading

UEFA charge Liverpool over fans conduct in Champions League

UEFA is investigating the conduct of Liverpool fans over the two-legs of Liverpool’s Champions League quarterfinal fixture. UEFA has charged Liverpool under Article 16(2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, which provides: However, all associations and clubs are liable for the following inappropriate behaviour on the part of their supporters and may be subject to disciplinary … Continue Reading

What’s in a name? Dulwich Hamlet FC at loggerheads with its landlord over trade marks

Planning disputes don’t often lead to the host of Match of the Day tweeting their outrage. However, the ongoing saga between Southwark Council and Meadow Residential LLP (“Meadow”), has drawn the ire of Gary Lineker and other prominent figures in the football world. At the centre of the dispute is non-league Dulwich Hamlets FC (“DHFC”).  … Continue Reading

More changes to the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup

UEFA has today announced a raft of new changes to the regulations of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for the start of the 2018/2019 season. Following February’s UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Bratislava and the decisions taken by the International Football Association Board (“IFAB”) on 3 March 2018 in Zurich, the following … Continue Reading

VAR, a disallowed penalty and The Beast from the East

On Wednesday evening, while the inclement weather brought about by The Beast from the East caused chaos to the United Kingdom’s basic transport infrastructure, another form of chaos was evident in North West London.  At Wembley, Tottenham Hotspur played the replay of their FA Cup tie fifth round tie against Rochdale AFC in freezing conditions.  … Continue Reading

Racism in football – what can we expect at this summer’s World Cup?

In 2016, FIFA disbanded its anti-racism task force, citing that its work was complete ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. FIFA wrote that the task force “completely fulfilled its temporary mission”, which was to develop concrete solutions to fight discrimination in football and strengthen FIFA’s approach to the issue. Whilst FIFA declares that … Continue Reading

Intermediaries in Football: an Update on CAS Jurisprudence

This article sets out a summary of several recent cases involving intermediaries and seeks to distill the lessons that can be adopted by intermediaries in what is, two years after the changes to the regulatory landscape, still an uncertain time for intermediaries. Introduction Football intermediaries (or football agents, as they were formerly known) are of … Continue Reading

A war of ticket prices

Having won its group in the Champions League this season, Manchester United meet Sevilla in the last 16 stage of the Champions League. This round will be made up of two legs: the first match will be played at Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium whilst the return leg will be played at Old Trafford. However, … Continue Reading

Nike’s “City Edition” NBA uniforms: a sign of things to come?

In 2015, it was announced that Nike had agreed an apparel deal with the NBA, beginning with the 2017-2018 season.  At the time, Adam Silver, the NBA Commissioner, stated that: “This partnership with Nike represents a new paradigm in the structure of our global merchandising business.  As our exclusive oncourt apparel provider, Nike will be … Continue Reading

Technology in Sport: is football lagging behind?

Together with the usual transfer speculation this week’s football news has been dominated by the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (“VARs”) in England. VARs have slowly been introduced into the sphere of football. Rugby union has implemented television match officials (TMOs) since 2001, cricket has benefitted from Hawk-Eye since 2001 whilst the 2006 US Open … Continue Reading

French referee faces red card for ‘kicking’ player after accidental collision

We’ve seen Eric Cantona kung-fu kick an opposition supporter. We’ve seen Patrice Evra kick a supporter of his own team. Now we can add to the list another Frenchman, only this time it’s not a player but referee Tony Chapron, and it wasn’t a fan he kicked but a player. Football fans are accustomed to … Continue Reading

Andre Villas-Boas: from football manager to driving in the Dakar Rally

Andre Villas-Boas, the former football manager, has transcended the sport he knows so well, and stepped into the world of rally driving. On 29 November 2017, Villas-Boas announced his departure as manager of Shanghai SIPG FC to participate in the 40th edition of the Dakar Rally, driving with Team Overdrive. The Dakar Rally The Dakar … Continue Reading

Contracts in football – the unconventional, bizarre and shocking

The first of January saw the opening of the 2017/18 winter transfer window. Clubs have until 11pm on 31 January to conclude their business for this season. As ever, transfer windows bring with them much speculation about potential moves and the terms of new contracts signed by players. Speculation that Lionel Messi would leave Barcelona … Continue Reading

Yellow-card suspensions in football: Correct me if I’m wrong, but…

Last weekend’s Premier League fixture between Bournemouth and Southampton saw Bournemouth defender Adam Smith receive a controversial yellow card for simulation. Smith alleged that referee Jonathan Moss admitted he made a mistake and conceded he should in fact have awarded a penalty. Aside from the obvious implications that the decision may have had for the … Continue Reading

Wednesday 22 November 2017: a day of regulatory breaches to forget for Everton

On 21 November 2017, Sports Shorts reported that the FA had issued its first charge of “Successful Deception of a Match Referee”, the recipient being Everton’s Oumar Niasse. The FA statement read: “It is alleged [Niasse] committed an act of simulation which led to a penalty being awarded in the fifth minute of the game.” … Continue Reading

Oumar Niasse – First Premier League ‘diving’ charge

Following earlier coverage on Sports Shorts about the introduction of the offence of  “Successful Deception of a Match Referee” and details of the first charge, subsequently upheld by way of a two match ban, against Carlisle United’s Shaun Miller, the Premier League has its first ‘diving’ charge. The recipient is Everton’s Oumar Niasse. An FA … Continue Reading

Kostas Manolas – A deliberate yellow card and unsporting conduct.

Tonight sees the first of the play-off matches which will ultimately determine the final European representatives at the FIFA World Cup in Russia in 2018.  The fans of Northern Ireland, Switzerland, Croatia, Greece, Sweden, Italy, Denmark and the Republic of Ireland will all be excitedly following their teams’ progress, hoping that they are able to … Continue Reading

Patrice Evra dismissed for attack on fan: criminal consequences?

UEFA today announced that former Manchester United player Patrice Evra has been charged with violent conduct and suspended for at least one game after he was sent-off for kicking a fan in the head before Marseille’s Europa League match against Vitoria Guimaraes. Evra is not the first French ex-Manchester United footballer to go in with … Continue Reading
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