This is a difficult area, and one which Sports Shorts has covered before in the case of tennis player Nick Kyrgios. Must a participant give his best efforts at all times? Does a failure to do so compromise the integrity of a match? Yet, if a draw effectively constitutes a win, can there be any criticism of a team for acting in such a way as to achieve such outcome? … [Read more...] about World Cup Qualifying: Ethics, Controversy and Covered Mouths
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Whilst Watford FC was well within its rights to do so, the influx of such a large amount of players from the two European sides which were also under the control of the Pozzo family prompted a change to the EFL’s Regulations. In advance of the 2013/14 season, the EFL clubs (including, it should be said, Watford FC) voted in favour of a rule change which meant that only 5 loan players (whether from overseas or from other domestic clubs) could be named in a match day squad and just 4 could be from a single club (of which only 2 could be over the age of 23). … [Read more...] about Part Two – Common Ownership of Sports Teams and its Regulation in European Football
Article 57 is sufficiently broad as to encompass any conduct that “violates the principles of fair play” or any behaviour that is “unsporting in any other way”. It is hard to argue that Manolas’s behaviour is not unsporting or that it does not violate the principles of fair play, particularly in circumstances where such notions are not defined in the FIFA Disciplinary Code (or indeed anywhere else). Where the notions are not defined, it lies with FIFA to exercise its discretion and, in its view, Manolas’s conduct was unacceptable. … [Read more...] about Kostas Manolas – A Deliberate Yellow Card And Unsporting Conduct.