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A turn of fortune for AC Milan as CAS partially uphold Financial Fair Play Appeal

On 27 June 2018, UEFA’s Adjudicatory Chamber of the Club Financial Control Body (“CFCB”) issued a decision to exclude AC Milan from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in for the next two seasons. This meant that AC Milan would be prevented from competing in the Europa League … Continue Reading

The International Cricket Council bowls a googly at Twenty20 cricket.

The International Cricket Council (“ICC”) has recently reported that it is considering a number of radical proposals to address the growing prominence of Twenty20 (“T20”) cricket after criticism that it is diminishing the primacy of internationals, especially test cricket. Short-form tournaments, such as T20s, are growing in popularity with some players opting to compete only … Continue Reading

Luxury tax in football, what can the NBA teach us?

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has suggested that the governing body of European football is ready to impose a luxury tax aimed at curbing the power of the largest, most successful clubs in the continent. UEFA has before attempted to achieve a balanced playing field with its introduction of the Financial Fair Play regulations (the “FFP”). … Continue Reading

RFU announces four year plan and further investment in Women’s Rugby

The first round of rugby union’s Autumn International’s took place last weekend with victories for a free-flowing Ireland team, an all-attacking Scotland team and a somewhat lacklustre England team. Wales were the only home nation to lose to an in form Australia. Whilst the rugby fest in the men’s game continues over the next three … Continue Reading

General Election 2017: what does your vote mean for your sport?

On Thursday 8 June 2017 the British people will go to the polls to determine who will lead their country for the next four years and who will (almost definitely) oversee the nation’s exit from the European Union.  It’s been almost a year since Britain voted for Brexit (to be precise, on Thursday, it will … Continue Reading

Sponsorship of Women’s Football: Liverpool Ladies win FA WSL Spring Series’ opener but must wait another day to wear ‘revolutionary’ Avon shirt

On Sunday 23 April 2017, Liverpool Ladies Football Club won their FA WSL Spring Series opener 4-1 against Yeovil Town Ladies FC. It was a strong start for the Liverpool outfit in the WSL’s one-off competition (being held to bring the FA WSL league fixtures in line with the men’s calendar).  The visitors blasted four … Continue Reading

Glenn promises governance reform but can the FA deliver?

In October, Sports Shorts covered the release of UK Sport and Sport England’s Governance Code for Sport, which seeks to set the gold standard for sport governance.  Subsequently, In the weeks following the Code’s release, we noted that much of the media focus fell on the Code’s gender diversity targets.  This focus has continued and, … Continue Reading

Falling National Lottery sales may challenge UK Sport’s ‘brutal but effective’ funding model

On the evening of 29 November 2016 at least one national newspaper was reporting that UK Sport, the body responsible for funding elite sport in the UK, had made a ‘last-ditch funding plea to Government’ against ‘severe cuts’. Against a background of unprecedented sporting success in Rio this summer which led to an outburst of … Continue Reading

A Code for Sport Governance: Not simply a ‘gender diversity’ code

On Monday, Sports Shorts commented on the launch, by UK Sport and Sport England, of a new Code for Sports Governance (“Code”).   As we noted in Monday’s post, much of the initial press coverage focused predominantly on the Code’s gender diversity provision (see, for example, here, here, and here), with the BBC even labelling it … Continue Reading

UK Sport and Sport England launch combined ‘A Code for Sports Governance’ – UK seeks to set the ‘gold standard’ in sports governance

Today, 31 October 2016, UK Sport and Sport England launched their eagerly anticipated ‘A Code for Sports Governance’ (Code).  In short, the sport funding bodies have picked Halloween to set out their plan to ensure that, in future, there are no skeletons in the cupboards of English sport governing bodies (sorry). The Code (available here), … Continue Reading
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