Category Archive: Sport Regulatory

German Federal High Court: Clubs can pass on fines to rioting fans

A ruling handed down by the German Federal High Court in November determined for the first time that penalties imposed on a football club by the DFB based on a fan’s misbehavior can be passed on to the injuring party. Therefore, rioting fans could now be facing large claims for compensations. The fan’s liability is based on …

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Valencian Football Clubs have to pay back more than EUR 30 million of state aid. Professional sport clubs should be aware of the European State aid rules!

On November 04 the European Commission published the full text of its Decision on incompatible State aid to Valencian football clubs (SA.36387, an appeal has been filed). The Commission concluded that public support measures in the form of loan guarantees by the regional government of Valencia in favour of the football clubs FC Valencia, Hercules …

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German Federal Court declares unlawfulness of penalty initiated by FIFA

German football club SV Wilhelmshaven (SVW) won a case before the German Federal Court (BGH) today concerning the lawfulness of a penalty based on FIFA. Due to the non-payment of training compensations for an international transfer of a player, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee had decided on the enforced relegation of the SVW. After the CAS …

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Audiovisual Rights on Sports Events: Towards a Disruptive Reform?

The Italian regime for the assignment of audiovisual rights on sports events could dramatically change in the next future. Share this

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Professional football clubs have to pay back incompatible State aid! Sport clubs nowadays should check contractual relationships with authorities.

The European State Aid law has reached professional football clubs. Following several in-depth investigations, the Commission today has concluded that public support measures granted by Spain to seven professional football clubs gave those clubs an unfair advantage over other clubs in breach of EU State aid rules. As a result, Spain has to recover the …

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New Football Rules: Revision of Laws will apply to UEFA EURO 2016

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) as the guardian of the Laws of the Game has approved the most comprehensive revision in the IFAB´s 130 year history. The changes are effective as from 1 June 2016 and therefore will already apply to the upcoming UEFA EURO 2016 in France. In addition to several changes with …

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Australia: Out of Bounds on the Full for Hird? An important case on defence costs coverage in regulatory actions

James Hird was on the losing end of a Supreme Court of Victoria proceeding against Chubb Insurance Company of Australia Ltd this week, where he sought indemnification of legal costs (of around AUD$692,000) under a D&O liability policy. The costs in question were in connection with Hird’s unsuccessful 2014 Federal Court challenge (at both trial …

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Fair Play! New Draft Legislation Punishing Sports Betting Fraud and the Manipulation of Professional Competitions

The German Federal Government has proposed changes to the Strafgesetzbuch (German Criminal Code “GCC”) to effectively combat sports betting fraud and manipulation of professional competitions. German Minister of Justice, Heiko Maas, emphasized: “The current sanctions are insufficient. Fraud and manipulation must be combatted by the means of criminal law!” Share this

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AUSTRALIA: Review of Interactive Gambling Act & In-Play Betting

The Australian Government has commissioned a review of Australia’s online gambling laws. The review will be led by Social Services Minister Scott Morrison and focus on the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (Cth). The terms of reference for the review have not been finalised but the review will examine topics such as live-sports betting, the regulation …

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AUSTRALIA: National Rugby League launches assistance for players who sustain catastrophic injuries.

The National Rugby League (NRL) has launched a “whole of game” Foundation that provides support for players who incur catastrophic injuries whilst playing rugby league. The Foundation supports players at all levels from grassroots junior football through to the NRL and will provide assistance for players who suffer severe functional disabilities (e.g. brain or spinal …

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