Tag Archives: UEFA

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

Queens Park Rangers and the Football League Financial Fair Play Regulations

It was reported on Tuesday 24 October 2017 that an arbitration panel has dismissed Queens Park Rangers’ claim that the English Football League’s 2012 Financial Fair Play Regulations (the “2012 Regulations”) were unlawful and that the sanction imposed by the Football League on QPR for its breach of those Regulations was disproportionate. A brief background … Continue Reading

Common-ownership: UEFA reach decision on participation by RB Leipzig and FC Red Bull Salzburg in UEFA Champions League 2017/2018

On 8 June 2017, Sports Shorts considered the issue of whether RB Leipzig and FC Red Bull Salzburg would both be permitted to participate in the UEFA Champions League 2017/2018 season.  Both clubs qualified from their respective leagues on merit but, given that both clubs are in one way or another funded by Red Bull, … Continue Reading

Red Bull Leipzig v Red Bull Salzburg: a Champions League reality?

The summer can prove a fallow time for football fans.  With the exception of the FIFA Confederations Cup, which commences on 17 June 2017, fans have little to keep themselves entertained on the football front this summer.  Many will delve deep into the gossip pages of their favourite websites. Which players will be bought? Which … Continue Reading

Part Two – common ownership of sports teams and its regulation in European football

Last week, Sports Shorts considered media reports that Premiership Rugby restricted a proposed investment by Mohed Altrad’s investment in Gloucester RFC to just 20% and the desire of stakeholders in European Rugby Union to ensure and maintain confidence in the integrity of its competitions. In this second instalment, Sports Shorts will consider how common ownership … Continue Reading

Part Two – Home Grown Player requirements in English football and the introduction of “club-developed” players

Last week, Sports Shorts considered the genesis of home grown player requirements within European football and the current requirements that are in place in both the English Football League (“EFL”) and the English Premier League (“EPL”). In this second instalment, Sports Shorts considers whether or not the requirement to name home grown players in match … Continue Reading

The Saturday afternoon football blackout: an analysis

English fans of Spanish football may have been disappointed this weekend not to find El Clásico, the match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, in their TV guides.  The match kicked off at 3:15pm UK time and finished 1 – 1, with honours even, but was not shown on English television. While El Clásico represents one … 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

The Association of European Professional Football Leagues shows UEFA a red card and terminates their MOU

On Friday 21 October 2016, the Association of European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) announced that it was terminating its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with UEFA as a result of changes being made to the qualifying system for both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League for three seasons from 2018/2019 onward.   The EPFL … 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
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