Training & Knowledge: Sports Law

22nd Jan 2020Newsletters

Football and Racism

It is only relatively recently that the psychological effects of racism and homophobia, such as anger, humiliation, loss of self-confidence and depression, have become the subject of focused research and inquiry. This issue is as relevant in the sporting context as it is in any other. Certainly, in the past BAME football players were expected […]

21st Jan 2020Newsletters

WRU v Robert Howley – preserving the integrity of the game

On 11 December 2019 Robert Howley, the former Wales rugby team’s assistant coach, was banned from rugby for 18 months by a Judicial Committee of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), chaired by Sir Wyn Williams, after falling foul of the World Rugby rules on gambling. The investigation into Mr Howley commenced when an employee of […]

21st Jan 2020Newsletters

Breaches & Bungs

Brian O’Neill QC and Julia Faure Walker, who secured the convictions of two football agents and a former assistant head coach, consider the inter-relationship between the FA Regulations and the Bribery Act 2010.  In December 2019, following a two months’ trial at Southwark Crown Court, two football agents, Giuseppe Pagliara and Dax Price, and the […]

16th Apr 2018Newsletters

Special Police Services and the Tractor Boys

The thorny issue of special police services (‘SPS’) continues to trouble the higher courts. Late last year, in Ipswich Town FC v The Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary [2017] EWCA Civ 1484, Ipswich were the latest in a succession of football clubs to challenge the police’s approach, this time with the Football League wading in […]

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