All in Football

Disability in football: Colour blindness?

Colour blindness is defined as “the inability to distinguish the differences between certain colours”. It affects 1 in 12 men, therefore it is highly likely that each Premier League starting XI (let alone squad) will include at least one player that is affected. The FA recently published a 78 page article addressing the matter. Our Matt Knowles takes a look at what clubs can do by way of best practice to assist their players.

The latest developments in Chinese football – well thought-out or void of any logic?

On 2 October 2018, the CFA announced that 55 Chinese players who fall in the “Under 25” age category and playing in the CSL would be mandated to attend a two month, military style training camp. This news, which came entirely out of the blue, means that the majority of clubs in the top two divisions will be missing key players for crucial matches at the end of the season; including domestic cup semi-final and final matches as well as key relegation battles. Our Phil Hutchinson takes a look.

Julian Moore joins Mills & Reeve as Head of London Sports Team

We are delighted to announce that Julian Moore has joined the Mills & Reeve London office, as the head of the London sports team. Julian is a highly-experienced commercial sports lawyer who focuses, in particular, on media, sponsorship and other sports rights. He acts for a wide range of clients across the sector, both domestically and internationally, and in a number of sports, including football, horse racing, cycling, cricket and golf.

Amendments to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP)

On 26 April 2018, FIFA issued Circular Letter 1625, which introduced some of the most significant changes to the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP) seen in many years. The changes will come into effect from 1 June 2018. Our Tiran Gunawardena explains what these changes are and what they will mean for players and football clubs going forward.

Reevaldo: fallout from the defamation saga

What happens when a footballer has a falling out with his club? Where does the dispute get heard - domestically or internationally? Does it matter if the player involved is a foreign/international player? What issues are involved? When would a player have grounds to terminate his contract, and what are the consequences for doing so? What would a new club need to consider when signing such a player? We consider all these issues and more in a new 2 part Reevaldo series. 

Legal fallout from managerial sackings

League Managers' Association (LMA) chief executive Richard Bevan has stated that the culture of sacking managers is "severely damaging" English football. A manager getting sacked is certainly a common sight for English football fans and for the sports industry in general. But is it worse in England that elsewhere in the world? And what are the legal consequences of a manager getting sacked? Our Americo Espallargas explains. 

Chinese Super League clubs must pay their debts or face expulsion – the latest attempt by the Chinese Football Association to curb spending

Following the exponential spending by Chinese Super League clubs over the past few years, the Chinese Football Association has issued a strong warning to clubs over their outstanding debts. With the threat of expulsion from the 2018 Asian Champions League a real possibility, clubs are being forced to take measures to ensure their finances are in good order.

Criminal Finances Act 2017 – Football clubs can now be criminally liable for failing to prevent tax evasion by players & managers

From 30 September 2017, the Criminal Finances Act 2017 will impose criminal sanctions on companies who fail to prevent tax evasion by any employee or agent/intermediary. The creation of a corporate criminal offence will be of particular concern to the sports sector. Our Ellie Milner and Julia Rangecroft explain what you need to know.