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    The spearhead and Senior Partner of Full Contact, Dan is an experienced solicitor and advocate, with a specialist background in employment law and sports.

    Full Contact client Freddie Ladapo transfers to Rotherham

      Full Contact client Freddie Ladapo has today transferred from Plymouth Argyle to League One newcomers Rotherham United. Freddie, 26,  was a roaring success in League One last season, despite Plymouth’s eventual relegation – scoring 18 league goals and 19 … Continue reading

    Full Contact clients set to compete at the Toulon Tournament

    Full Contact clients Jamie Lennon of St Patrick’s Athletic and Simon Power of Norwich City have been selected for Ireland Under 21 squad for the Maurice Revello ‘Toulon Tournament’  tournament that begins in France tomorrow. The exciting winger Simon, who … Continue reading

    “Driver of the Day” – More Points for Alex Albon in Shanghai

    Round three of the Formula One Championship saw client Alex Albon travel to Shanghai, China. The weekend marked a momentous occasion for the sport, as it celebrated its 1,000th Grand Prix. Fans were treated to festivities throughout the course of … Continue reading

    A compensation system in cricket: howzat?

    It is not often that followers of cricket look to football as a model to be copied, with many cricket fans looking down on the perceived greed within football and the out-of-touch nature of those running the game. However, one … Continue reading

    FIFA announce ‘landmark reforms of the transfer system’.

      FIFA have today confirmed that their Stakeholders Committee has approved a “groundbreaking reform package of the transfer system”.    Designed to increase the transparency of the system, protect its integrity and reinforce solidarity mechanisms for training clubs, the “landmark” … Continue reading

    FA v Hartlepool, Green, Chandler & Buncall – line in the sand?

      Hot off the press, but following last week’s news that the now Rochdale Chief Executive had been suspended by the Football Association for some 12 months or so, is a decision of the FA’s Regulatory Commission which may well … Continue reading

    EFL clear Mendes’ Wolves involvement. Is that clear?

      Yesterday,  the EFL confirmed that “discussions between the EFL and management of Wolverhampton Wanderers have now concluded in regard to the matter of the relationship between the club, majority shareholder Fosun and intermediary Jorge Mendes.” These discussions were prompted … Continue reading

    Employment status of non-league footballers

    The recent Employment Tribunal judgment in the case of Duncan Culley vs Whitehawk Football Club[1] understandably escaped the attention of the football press, focussed such are they on player/club disputes more of the Diego Costa magnitude. Save for the coverage … Continue reading

    Can Guardiola as a football agent own a club?

    The news that Pere Guardiola (brother of Manchester City manager Pep) has acquired a significant stake in Spanish club Girona has caused controversy because of the strong links to Manchester City and the objections (legal or otherwise) that many have to … Continue reading

    FA amend their regulation of Intermediaries

    Credit where credit is due.  It may well be overdue but finally  – after continual angst and issues since the introduction of the FA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries in April 2015 – the FA have amended their Regulations, with … Continue reading

    Pogba-gate ….. time for concern?

    Following the publication yesterday of leaked documents from Paul Pogba’s transfer from Juventus to Manchester United, FIFA have confirmed that they have asked (via their TMS system) for additional documentation.  This news has been reported as a ‘FIFA investigation’ in … Continue reading

    Full Contact client Demetriou wins L2 Player of the Month

    Full Contact client Mickey Demetriou has today been confirmed as Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for April. Mickey joined struggling Newport County in January 2017 at a time when the club appeared relegation certainties but 16 appearances … Continue reading

    Common ownership of clubs – what is the solution?

      The recent case of Mohed Altrad, owner of the French rugby team Montpellier,  being denied the opportunity to purchase a large stake in Gloucester Rugby has a shone a light on the issue of multiple sports teams being owned … Continue reading

    Barton’s Betting Ban…

    The FA have confirmed today that Joey Barton is to be banned from all football activities for 18 months (and fined £30,000) for multiple betting offences. The ban, in Barton’s own words (and subject to a successful appeal which he … Continue reading

    EPPP: the case for tapping up?

    In the latest of a series of articles concerning the EPPP and Youth Development Rules, we consider the rules relating to the ‘tapping up’ of young players. With the recent publicity about Liverpool’s conduct in approaching a 12 year old … Continue reading

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