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USL seeks to have Force Majeure Clause

Note: It now appears that USL will return to action; details are forthcoming. MIAMI, Fla. — (4 June 2020) As negotiations go on between the USL Players Association and the USL Championship involving a return to play as well as pay cuts for players, the league is seeking to have a force majeure clause inserted into […]

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MLS players threatened with a lockout after latest offer from MLSPA

MIAMI, Fla. — (1 June 2020) Just when you thought everything was ready for Major League Soccer games to resume in the form of a summer tournament; just when you were waiting for the calendar to be released in order to know at what hours of the morning or evening there would be games, the plans […]

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Clubs and players working to extend contracts beyond 30 June

Negotiations are proceeding on a case-by-case basis. FIFA can only recommend consensus and delegates to RFEF. MIAMI, Fla. (22-04-2020) — Éste artículo también está disponible en español In Spain, in the middle of a flood of ERTE (expediente de regulación temporal de empleo – i.e. temporary layoffs) and reductions in wages, coupled with a controversy […]

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Clubes y jugadores discuten para ampliar los contratos tras el 30-Junio

Negocian caso a caso: la ley es interpretable. FIFA sólo puede recomendar consenso y delega en la RFEF. MIAMI, Fla. (22-04-2020) — This story is also available in English En mitad de un goteo de ERTE y rebaja de salarios, en plena polémica entre Federación, LaLiga y AFE por el Caso Audios y mientras se oficializan y […]

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What is ERTE in Spain?

What you need to know about losing your job during Spain’s coronavirus crisis MIAMI, Fla. (21-April 2020) — During the current coronavirus crisis, many companies are being forced to make employees temporarily redundant, most likely because their businesses couldn’t operate under the lockdown. This obviously applies to many types of businesses beyond football, but since […]

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Six Barcelona Board Members Resign Amid Front Office Turmoil

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) (10 April 2020) — Six members of Barcelona’s executive board have resigned amid an ongoing controversy regarding a company hired by the club that made negative comments on social media about some of the team’s own players. Barcelona denied any wrongdoing and said Friday that the resignations were part of “an attempt […]

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Spain: AFE reach agreement with RFEF regarding minimum time between matches if play resumes

MIAMI, Fla. (8 April 2020) — The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) held a teleconference this week with members of the Spanish Footballers’ Association (Asociación de Futbolistas Españoles, “AFE”) and LaLiga. The RFEF has been opposed to the idea of playing matches every 48 hours if and when the 2019/20 season can be resumed. The AFE, for its part, has accepted a minimum […]

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LaLiga legal Spain | España

Options For Spanish Football For 2019/20 Season

MIAMI, Fla. (March 7, 2020) — LaLiga and the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) are working on softening the blow that coronavirus will have on Spanish football. The idea is return to action as soon as possible, with clubs ordered to be ready for whenever the season resumes. These are currently four options organisers have for the rest of […]

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Why legal complications could spell end of European seasons

MIAMI, Fla. (6 April 2020) — With each passing week, it becomes more and more likely that the European leagues will not be finishing their seasons. The coronavirus pandemic has caused a nightmarish situation across the world, not only in terms of the virus itself, but its effects on the global economy, peoples’ livelihoods, and […]

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UEFA threatens to expel teams from European Competitions

UEFA threatens Belgian league with European expulsion (5 March 2020) — UEFA is not happy that its member associations are trying to determine what is best for them now that the world has been all but placed on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. The football organisation has put all member nations on notice with multiple […]

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LaLiga legal Spain | España

Rubiales: “It would be unjust to terminate the LaLiga season now”

The president of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, roundly rejected playing LaLiga next season with 22 teams or any other possibilities along those lines. With Euro 2020 postpones until 2021, European competitions should be able to finish with a champion and with promotion and relegation. MIAMI, Fla. (2 de abril de 2020) — After the suspension […]

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Rubiales: «Sería injusto terminar LaLiga ahora»

El presidente de la RFEF, Luis Rubiales, rechaza rotundamente una futura liga de 22 equipos o cualquier otra alternativa planteada. Con la Eurocopa 2020 aplazado al 2021, todas las competiciones en Europa puedan terminar con un campeon y con ascenso y descenso. MIAMI, Fla. (2 de abril de 2020) — Tras la suspensión de las […]

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Premier League Continues Investigation of Manchester City

MIAMI, Fla. (1 April 2020) — Manchester City has appealed its UEFA competition ban to the Court of Arbitration For Sport (“CAS”). Meanwhile, while football is still on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Premier League is continuing its investigation into alleged breaches of financial fair play by Manchester City. While UEFA has already […]

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Breaking Down The CAS Decision Against Compelling Promotion and Relegation In US

Court of Arbitration For Sport (“CAS”) denies claim brought by Miami FC and Kingston Stockade FC CAS interprets Article 9, rules FIFA never intended the promotion-relegation principle to apply to the U.S. and Australia. MIAMI, Fla. (March 30, 2020) — This year has already seen a couple of interesting legal cases in the football world. […]