Football Match Fixing: Are UEFA’s Third Party Ownership Disclosure Regulations Strong Enough?

Introduction I would like to highlight an important football integrity issue which I have blogged about previously. The issue relates to third party ownership in football players (TPO). For an understanding about what TPO is and its advantages and drawbacks click here. This piece however is to examine an issue where the integrity of a football match could potentially be …

Football Law Magazine ‘On the Ball’ 2012 Edition

In this issue, we gaze again into the complex world of football and the law. We delve into subjects such as the Premier League broadcasting deal, Financial Fair Play and the Football Creditors Rule. On the Ball is produced in conjunction with Football Aid, a sports charity organisation, which enables football supporters to ‘Live the …

UEFA Sanctions Clubs for Debt and Financial Fair Play: Update

UEFA recently withheld prize money from a number of clubs who had qualified for UEFA competitions, but had overdue debts. Daniel Geey, an Associate with Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, explains how these sanctions fit in with UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations. Introduction Financial Fair Play (FFP) is entering into mainstream football conversation. …

Financial Fair Play and Third Party Ownership: Updated UEFA Licensing Regulations

Introduction By way of update, UEFA has modified a number of its licensing criteria in relation to third party ownership (TPO) issues. The new regulations were published recently and are available to read here. By way of a quick recap, the Financial Fair Play Rules (FFPRs) form part of the wider UEFA licensing regime.   It should be borne …

Third Party Player Ownership: A UK Perspective

The below article sets out a brief description of how an entity apart from a football club can own the economic transfer rights of a football player. A review of the current football regulations for a English or Welsh club playing in the English Premier League (PL) or Football League (FL) is then undertaken. Finally …

Financial Fair Play and Third Party Ownership: A Premier League Handicap Preview

By Ariel Reck, Argentinean sports lawyer and Daniel Geey, lawyer in the Sports Group at Field Fisher Waterhouse The full article will appear in the December issue of the World Sports Law Report This article aims to describe the growing trend of transfers funded to some degree by third party investment funds. Since the Tevez …

Current UEFA Issues: FFP, TV Distribution & Third Party Ownership

Introduction Over the last week, a number of inter-related football regulatory issues have arisen. Some of these major talking points will have significance for how European clubs and national associations continue to engage with UEFA. UEFA Champions League Broadcast Revenue Growth It was reported by Matt Scott in a recent Telegraph article that the winners of next season’s UEFA Champions League could earn over €100m. That figure …

Third Party Player Ownership: Does UEFA Need a European-wide list of Interests?

  Introduction This article goes into some detail on a topic that has fallen away from the public consciousness in the last year or so. I wrote a long piece on third party player ownership (TPPO) which you can access at www.danielgeey.com/articles. I have amended parts of that article to assess whether in the post-TPPO …

Financial Fair Play: An English handicap?

Argentinean sports lawyer Ariel Reck and Daniel Geey of Field Fisher Waterhouse explain how Premier League clubs are likely to be at a disadvantage in UEFA competitions, due to rules banning any third-party ownership of players. Since the Tevez controversy back in 2007, the Premier League (PL) and more recently the Football League (FL) and …