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#sportslaw the full reasoned award in the Man City case has now been released by CAS - 10 key takeaways below but, as ever follow @Lawinsport for expert commentary by people who, unlike me, know what they are talking about: CAS_Award_6785___internet__.pdf…
1. On procedure, no due process breaches by UEFA (e.g., no bias against City) and leaked emails did constitute admissible evidence; in any event any alleged breaches could be cured by de novo effect of CAS (1-0, UEFA)
2. 2014 Settlement Agreement between the parties did not bar UEFA from charging City on the issues at stake here (2-0, UEFA)
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Having read and digested Lord Myners’ review of the Premiership Rugby Salary Cap, here is a thread on what I consider to be the main talking points.

The full report can be read here:…
1) It is incredibly well-written and perfectly appreciates its own context. Lord Myners clearly understands the sport and, in particular, the English rugby landscape.

The report makes for good reading and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in rugby or #sportslaw.
2) It is scathing of the lack of transparency that has plagued the salary cap since its inception, and of the interference of the clubs in its processes.

The recommendations on improving transparency and independence are absolutely right and I would endorse them wholeheartedly.
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#sportslaw 8 men sexually abused by football coach Barry Bennell are set for a High Court trial of damages claims against Man City (& 2 involving Crewe). Brief thread here but if you want true expert opinion, see @JohnMehrzadQC @prof_mark_james @LawinSport…
1. The claimants are represented by James Counsell QC, who at the preliminary hearing noted a "very similar" High Court case where Blackpool FC was found liable for the sexual abuse of a footballer by convicted paedophile Frank Roper, who informally worked as a club scout.
2. The case mentioned by Mr Counsell is DSN v Blackpool Football Club Limited, [2020] EWHC 670 (QB) and he wrote a highly informative piece on it for @LawInSport on 14 April last…
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It’s time!

We’re so glad you could join us today for our tweetchat with @Farai_Razano of Razano Law, SA!

Who else is exited? 🚀

Farai @Farai_Razano is passionate about, and specialises primarily in, sports law.

He has acted for various clients including individual sportspersons, clubs, sports associations, and production houses in the film or television industry.

He has appeared and acted for various parties before specialist sports dispute resolution tribunals including the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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#sportslaw #SunYang CAS verdict not unexpected. Basically while FINA considered that the procedural concerns Sun Yang had about the testing process justified his actions, CAS said they were not sufficiently compelling = tampering charge made out. Brief thread
1. Sun Yang’s legal team have already been to Swiss Federal Tribunal three times on technical issues and expect them to try again. Have to see full award to assess their chances but given narrow judicial review-like nature of SFT appeal, it’s unlikely to succeed
2. Sun Yang’s argument was in sum that while the principle of strict liability applies to athletes, it should also and equally apply to testers, administrators etc to strictly comply with any- doping process & there is good (seminal) CAS authority on this - Quigley v UIT (1994)
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#sportslaw will be very interesting to see outcome of recent @WorldRugby workshop to assess if its policies on transgender players 'are appropriate' - great to see such a mix of medics, lawyers, players etc. brief thread here.……
1. IOC is struggling to achieve consensus on a transgender policy, and has by default left it to international federations to formulate policy.
2. While IOC leadership/guidelines on transgender policy would be optimal, the wide range of sports -from combat to no contact etc - means that a tailored, sport specific approach to any IOC guidelines would have to take place anyway.
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I spoke to @soenen_florian about the next steps at the #CAS and beyond regarding #ManCityBan.

A short thread to share some of my key points (in English)

#Sportslaw #UEFALaw #FFP
1. This is the beginning of a (potentially decade long) judicial journey, not the end. Yet, the #CAS will decide (this summer?) the fate of #ManCity in the short term (e.g. for the 2020/2021 season).
2. The #CAS is unlikely to find that #FFP is contrary to EU law after its #Galatasaray decision, but it could find that the sanction is disproportionate/unfair if #ManCity’s lawyers manage to show that #PSG was in a similar situation and got away with it.
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The @Saracens breach of the Salary Cap is a very interesting case. Specifically because of how the founders of Rugby decided to create a "judicial" system within the game. Rather than "Rules" of the game. We call them "laws."
#SportsLaw #RugbyLaw thread
We make the Captains act as barristers in front of the referee whom acts as a judge interpreting the laws...whilst also somehow being a prosecutor at the same time. That's just the on-field portion.
Then we get to red cards and citing officials. Citing Officials act as extra prosecutors in case the ref misses something, teams can act as "victims" and seek citings following a match as well, this is then reviewed by that official.
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#sportslaw @dodo938 is right, of course, WADA v Russia will likely end up at CAS - how might CAS decide? Precedent at CAS suggests that Russians will be at Tokyo 2020, probably under a neutral banner - here are reasons why:…
CAS has held that qualification for Olympics does not entail an automatic right to compete at a Games. Everything is at the behest or invite of IOC. IOC could therefore (as International Paralympic Committee did initially) impose a blanket ban but IOC's already hinted it won't.
CAS decision on the interpretation of the McLaren report distinguished b/w athletes incriminated directly by evidence in those reports; and those implicated by circumstantial evidence only or not tested at all by RUSADA.
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#doping WADA CRC Committee Recommends Russia Face New Olympic Ban - brief thread @ThreadRe for #sportslaw students. Arguably the most interesting impact will be on Euro 2020 #football
#sportslaw think of WADA CRC Committee as the police; they have undertaken an exhaustive investigation of alleged conspiracy at RUSADA to manipulate data, leading to charges and possible 4 yrs suspension
#sportslaw the decision on whether to "prosecute" lies with WADA executive on 9 Dec. In the unlikely event that Russia accepts the ban, the matter can go to sport's "court" - the CAS, who will give a final decision (subject to oversight in the Swiss courts)
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My thread on the interim decision of the Swiss Federal Tribunal in the @caster800m case.

Full decision in French at…

It highlights key features of the #LexSportiva & the ‘complicity’ of Swiss law in sheltering it from review.

#Sportslaw #CAS
1. The #SFT reminds us that its control of #CAS awards is narrow. Hence, it orders interim measures only if it is ‘very likely’ that an appellant will prevail.

This is because Swiss law is traditionally favourable to international arbitration.

#Sportslaw #Arbitration #Semenya
2. This is extremely problematic because #CAS arbitration unlike international arbitration is in general not based in consent (see ECtHR in #Pechstein) and should not enjoy the same quasi-immunity from state control.

#Sportslaw #Arbitration #Semenya
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At the request of my new [South-African, obviously] colleague @MPlagis, I swallowed the 163 pages of the #Semenya award yesterday.

It wasn’t the most pleasant literary experience of my life, but at least I learned what a judicial ‘hot tub’ is.

Here is a book review:

1. In short, what is interesting in the award is actually also what the #CAS forgot to mentioned in its press release, the core of #IAAF’s winning case turns on the concepts of ‘biological males’ & ‘sports sex’.

#Semenya #Autonomy #Sportslaw
2. But let me start by regretting that the #CAS hearing was not public because @caster800m’s testimony (see paras 73-87) recalling what she went through since 2009 would have deserved a global audience.

#Sportslaw #Semenya
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Hi guys, so here is the first episode. Let me know your thoughts or questions. 😊


On the 1st day of July 2016, 21-year old Kadiri Musa signed a five-year contract with #NPFL team, Kedike United FC of Rivers State. He joined from 1/18
Lagos-based club, Ayangalu Warriors FC for a transfer fee of N3 Million Naira.

In Kadiri’s first season (2016/2017), he scored 25 goals in 28 games; and scored a further 30 goals in 27 games in his second season (2017/2018). His performances over the two seasons attracted 2/18
various interest from high profile clubs in Africa in the summer of 2018.

A South African #AbsaPremiership club, Kuluzula FC were the most interested in him, and it was reported they offered Kedike United about $25,000 USD. Despite the fact that Kadiri Musa wanted the 3/18
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Hi guys,#TGIF! 🎉💥😉

In today's #SportsLaw matters: Do you know what happens if a party who filed a Claim before #FIFA's #PSC or #DRC dies before the determination of the suit?

Right or wrong?

Our @Akinyemiesq has penned his thoughts on this. Watch this space, 7pm today. ⚽📚
Good evening, and Kick off!..

The round leather game, as fondly called, used to be a mere recreational activity which attracted some rewards by the way. However, over the last three decades or so, the commercial value of sports, particularly football, has grown astronomically.
The increase in its commercial value has occasioned a reciprocal increase in disputes between persons involved in the game; from coaches, to clubs, to players, etc.
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I feel like talking about the inept manner footballers in the #NPFL & #NNL handle salaries being owed them by the football clubs they play(ed) for.

Why do most of them go about begging their Club Chairman, the Governor and/or Commissioner for Sports of the state?

So why do they beg for the money like it were some loan or gift they are asking for?

...and some even keep mute.
About two weeks ago, a player was at our office and mentioned that his club has been constantly deducting a part of his salary for about 10 months without a reason.
I intend to address this perception of players, especially the mindset that sports employment disputes cannot be tabled before the regular courts.

Below is what players can do.. 👇
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