Training & Knowledge: Sports Law

28th Nov 2023Blog

The Online Safety Bill: A clean bill of health?

Introduction The Online Safety Bill received Royal Assent on 26 October 2023, becoming the Online Safety Act (“the Act”). Its aim is to deliver on the government’s commitment to “make the UK the safest place to be online”, by imposing statutory duties on social media companies and search engines[1] (“service providers”) to ensure that they […]

13th Nov 2023Blog

Crossing the Line – How to protect against online abuse

The RWC Final at the Stade de France on 28 October was perhaps not the final many rugby fans wanted. Depending, perhaps a little on who you were supporting, it was marred by the yellow and subsequent red card for New Zealand captain Sam Cane, leaving the All Blacks playing for the rest of what […]

18th Oct 2023Blog


The recent publicity around The FA’s unpublished policy which permits some club owners to bet on football has highlighted some stark inconsistencies at the heart of professional sport’s relationship with betting. The FA’s rules prohibit participants from betting on football.  The FA Handbook 2023-34 defines “participants” as: …an Affiliated Association, Competition, Club, Club Official (which […]

25th Apr 2023Blog

Sportspeople and advertising – a gamble worth taking or a recipe for an early bath?

In October 2022, the Committees of Advertising Practice (‘CAP’) updated the Advertising Codes to prevent gambling advertising that was likely to be of strong appeal to those under 18 years of age (the rule previously referred to “particular appeal”). There have now been a number of Advertising Standards Authority decisions that give advertisers an important […]

30th Mar 2023Blog


Paul Renteurs considers the new legislation aimed at cracking down on those who spread racist abuse with the use of Football Banning Orders In a previous article commenting on sanctions for the racist abuse of footballers[1], I suggested that the criminal law had a vital role to play in preventing and punishing racist behaviour within […]