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Arbitration & Labor Disputes

In today’s world of professional sports, the legal relationship between the players – clubs – agents triangle, is universally determined by contracts of employment.

 

As with any commercial contract, disputes may arise and can range from simple failures to adhere to certain conditions and up to matters of unfair termination, unilateral breach of contract and others.

In the global business of sports, these disputes are principally resolved by alternative dispute resolution, via internal arbitral tribunals.

FIFA, FIBA and other global governing bodies, created their own dispute resolution chamber for International dimension disputes and has also mandated the creation of equivalent national dispute resolution chambers at domestic level.

Appeals over sports governing bodies may be addressed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), independent organization to adjudicate sports-related disputes through arbitration or mediation. CAS has been increasingly relied on by players, clubs and other sports stakeholders around the world to settle their disputes not only in appeal cases.

CAS handles sports-related disputes of many different kinds and the arbitral awards that CAS issues have the same enforceability as judgments of ordinary courts and other arbitration mechanisms.

 

Our team gained remarkable experience and reputation working domestically and internationally managing and resolving such disputes.

 

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Arbitration & Labor Disputes

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  • The Club does not pay my salaries as agreed. What can I do about it?faq-plus-btn.svg

    If you are a professional player or a coach and your club is not paying your salary as agreed upon in your contract, you have a few options for seeking recourse. One option is to try to negotiate with the club to try to resolve the issue amicably.
    If that is not successful, in case of a domestic dispute you may be able to file a complaint with the national soccer association or federation in your country. The association or federation may be able to help mediate the dispute and facilitate a resolution.

    In case of an international dimension dispute, you may be able to file a claim with the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) or the FIFA Players' Status Committee at the FIFA Football Tribunal. These bodies have the authority to rule on disputes between players/coaches and clubs, and they have the power to order clubs to pay unpaid salaries and other outstanding amounts owed to players.

  • What is the FIFA Tribunal? faq-plus-btn.svg

    The FIFA Tribunal is an independent judicial body that is responsible for resolving disputes within the world of international football. It was established by FIFA in 2011, and it is responsible for hearing cases related to the rules and regulations of the organization, as well as disputes between member organizations and individuals. The Tribunal is composed of a panel of judges who are selected by the FIFA Executive Committee and who serve on a part-time basis. It is empowered to hear cases involving a wide range of issues, including transfers, labor disputes, match-fixing, and misconduct by players, coaches, and officials. The decisions of the Tribunal are final and binding, and they can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

  • What is the CAS?faq-plus-btn.svg

    The Court of arbitration for sport (CAS) is an independent institution based in Lausanne, Switzerland, which provides arbitration and mediation services to the international sports community. It was established in 1984 to provide a forum for the resolution of disputes arising from the participation of athletes in international sporting events, as well as disputes between sports organizations and athletes. The CAS is composed of a panel of arbitrators and mediators who are experts in sports law, and it operates according to the rules of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS). The CAS has the authority to hear and decide cases involving doping, eligibility, transfer of athletes, and other issues related to the governance of sports. It is widely recognized as the final authority in sports-related disputes, and its decisions are binding on all parties involved.

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