Training & Knowledge: Sports Law

22nd Mar 2021Blog

Cycling in turmoil?

On 19 March 2021, Dr Richard Freeman, the former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor, was permanently struck off the medical register after the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) ruled that his fitness to practise was “impaired by reason of his misconduct”. The striking-off decision follows the Tribunal’s finding on 12 March 2021 that Dr […]

8th Mar 2021Blog

The competing rights of women in sport

On International Women’s Day, Chris Foulkes and Hannah Thomas examine the case of Mokgadi Caster Semenya and her appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. Ms Semenya is challenging the discriminatory effect of the 2018 World Athletics[1] regulations which prevent athletes with disorders of sexual development from competing in certain female athletics events without […]

15th Feb 2021Blog

Does Sport have a problem with Human Trafficking?

The news that Amad Diallo, Manchester United’s recent teenage signing from Atalanta in Serie A, has been fined £42,000 by the Italian Football Federation [FIGC] for using false immigration documents to enter Italy in 2010 shocked me on so many levels that it is difficult to know where to begin, but I’ll try. First, of […]

1st Dec 2020Blog

Paul Renteurs considers whether new US anti-doping legislation is likely to lead to similar measures in the UK or elsewhere.

Awaiting its final sign-off from the President of the United States, the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act 2019 represents a step-change in anti-doping enforcement at an international level. But given the controversy surrounding the new US legislation, does emulation in other jurisdictions, including the UK, remain unlikely? Section 4 of the new federal legislation[1], which completed its […]

16th Nov 2020Blog

The Risks of Social Media in Sport

Since the advent of social media, the list of those who have fallen from grace through ill-advised and, at times, offensive public comment is long and distinguished. Nowhere is this risk more obvious than in the sporting context, where a combination of youth, self-belief and hubris provides a heady mix. Sport at all levels encourages […]