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The Score: Sports law update - October 2013

16 October 2013

The Score brings you the sports team's latest published articles, exploring current legal issues in sport.


  • In the era of Financial Fair Play clubs must pay smart, not pay more: The latest Deloitte Annual Review of Football Finance highlights the ever-increasing size of footballer pay packets: a growth of 12% last year to £1.6bn across England's four divisions. The size of a club's wage bill is an important topic, and not just for the local Ferrari dealer. (click here to read more)
  • Could celebrating a goal infringe a trade mark? Gareth Bale has applied for trade mark protection of a number of trade marks, including one which is similar to his famous goal celebration. If he obtains the trade mark protection that he has applied for in the UK and the EU, he will ensure that he has the exclusive right to use those trade marks in the UK/EU to market any goods and services that are listed on his applications. (click here to read more)
  • Ambush Marketing - London 2012 lessons and the future: In May 2013, FIFA published the latest issue of its public guidelines on the use of its official marks and association by non-sponsor brands with World Cup 2014. Reviewing these guidelines, the approach taken by FIFA is strikingly similar to that adopted by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) in relation to the London 2012 Olympic Games, both in terms of its interpretation of what constitutes an unauthorised association and the forms of marketing media it is concerned with regulating. (click here to read more)
  • AS Monaco, tax benefits and threatened expulsion from French league: AS Monaco are the latest European football club to receive significant foreign investment, prompting a summer of activity that, on their return to French footballs top division, has seen them snap up some of footballs most prized players. However, before Monaco start a new dynasty, the Ligue de Football Professionnel and the French Football Association (the FFF) are seeking to challenge the tax advantages that appear to give Monaco an unfair advantage in the highly competitive transfer market. (click here to read more

If you have any feedback or queries on the issues raised, please contact the author of the relevant article or Jon Walters, Editor.