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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.

FIFA’s investigation into Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United – smoking gun or smoke without fire?

The big news story in football last week was that FIFA is “investigating” Paul Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United. But who is doing the investigating, and who is under investigation? What are they looking for and, most importantly, what could be the consequences for the club, player and agent? Tiran Gunawardena provided an analysis of the events of last week in an article for the Independent.