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The difficulty of historical social media posts

In light of the recent revelations around Ollie Robinson's historical racist and sexist posts and his suspension by the ECB, Alastair Campbell looks at the bigger picture when it comes to handling similar types of historical misconduct in the world of sport.

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Anti-Doping Contamination Cases – the “Narrow Corridor” and the Limits of Lawson

In March 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) found that American athlete Jarrion Lawson had committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (“ADRV”), but accepted that he had not intentionally committed that violation on the basis that it was reasonably…

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Inside Information: Lessons from the Trippier and Sturridge Cases

This blog post is an abridged summary of a more in-depth article, available on Law in Sport.

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Action without consequences: do football’s authorities have the power to sanction players breaching lockdown?

When Boris Johnson announced the introduction of Tier 4 restrictions in London and the South East less than a week before Christmas, long term holiday plans were thrown into chaos.

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In review: World Rugby governance review findings

In June 2020, World Rugby launched an independent-led working group, chaired by British Olympic Association chairman Sir Hugh Robertson, with the objective of enhancing the fairness and effectiveness of World Rugby’s governance structures. On 7 January 2021,…

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(Transfer) Window shopping

Reflections on one of the busiest transfer windows ever seen at Level, despite the predictions for a quiet year.

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FIFA’s ‘guiding principles’ for national associations during the COVID-19 crisis

A FIFA Working Group is reportedly considering whether, in response to COVID-19, the FIFA Regs on the Status and Transfer of Players should be amended.

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Coronavirus, Force Majeure and Frustration

The unprecedented events of the last 7 days, caused by the spread of COVID-19, have led to nearly all elite level sport being cancelled for at least the next two weeks with no Premiership football, Formula One, Six Nations rugby, NBA or PGA golf going ahead.

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BASL Conference 2020

The 27th Annual BASL (British Association for Sport and Law) conference is being held at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 27th February 2020.

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Swimming in Hot Water: FINA Loses First Round in US Competition Law Complaint Filed by Organiser of ‘Unofficial’ League

This case concerned a US competition law complaint filed against FINA by a class of plaintiffs, including world renowned swimmers and the promoter of a privately-run event, the International Swimming League, Ltd (ISL) in the United States District Court, Northern District of California.

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Hand of God Slaps Wrist of D&G: Maradona Wins Image Rights Case in Italy

Diego Maradona has prevailed in his court action against Dolce & Gabbana, following the high-end fashion house’s use of the football legend’s name on t-shirts modelled at a show in Milan last year, which were based on the iconic Napoli kit worn by Maradona in the 1980s.

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