Made in Belgium: the Red Devils

November 11th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

Het WK in Rusland

De uitstekende prestaties van het Belgische nationale voetbalteam tijdens het WK van de afgelopen zomer in Rusland zullen u niet ontgaan zijn. Het enthousiasme rond “The Red Devils” gaf de Belgen weer eens het gevoel dat België echt bestaat en dat ze ook samen iets kunnen delen. Waar Vlamingen voorheen de “Rode Duivels” aanmoedigden, moedigden de Franstaligen “Les Diables Rouges” aan, alsof het om 2 verschillende teams zou gaan. Het gebruik van de Engelstalige aanduiding “The Red Devils” overbrugde de verschillen tussen Nederlandstalige en Franstalige voetbalsupporters.
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Belgian Court of Arbitration for Sport

June 20th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

AWARD of 30 March 2012


Legal issues: national transfer of professional football player outside the regular transfer windows;

Compatibility transfer rules Belgian Football Association with FIFA Regulations;

Direct effect FIFA Regulations;

Criteria applicable to transfer outside regular transfer windows;

Test of reasonabless;

1.       VZW Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging, applicant;

2.       Royal Belgian Football Association, defendant;

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Belgian council of state (section administrative law), decision of 15 February 2012

March 21st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

request for annulment of the resolution of 17 december 2009 by the secretary-general of the department of culture, youth, sports and media of the flemish community concerning the publication of the applicable code (“wada code”) and applicable standards (“the resolution”) as referred to in art. 36 of the regulations of the flemish government of 20 june 2008 (“the regulation”) implementing the decree of 13 july 2007 on medically responsible sports practicing (“the decree”).
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Greek decoder and English Premier League

March 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Support Magazine, independent magazine for sports management in Belgium, publishes this week an article (in Dutch) by Marinus Vromans on the Greek decoder case and English Premier League games.

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS): UCI and WADA vs.Alberto Contador and RFEC, Arbitral Award of 6 February 2012

March 8th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink


Alberto Contador became first in the general classification of the 2010 Tour de France (“yellow jersey”). However the samples taken from Contador during the race and tested on 26 July 2010, the day after the Tour finished in Paris, showed a tiny concentration of clenbuterol. Clenbuterol is a forbidden substance on the WADA (“World Anti Doping Agency”)  list. UCI, the international cycling association, suspended Contador provisionally as from 26 August 2010, when UCI officially informed Contador of the results of the analysis of sample A. The WADA-list is included in the UCI Anti-Doping Rules.

As an explanation of the presence of the forbidden substance in his body, Contador submitted that the origin of the clenbuterol must have been contaminated meat, which was bought in Spain from a butcher, at the time that the Tour de France was in Pau, near the French-Spanish border.

Because of the fact that the concentration of clenbuterol was very low and earlier blood samples taken from Contador during the Tour in 2011 did not contain clenbuterol, UCI and WADA conducted another series of investigations in order to understand the findings better and to see whether there was an indication of other anti-doping violations than just the presence of clenbuterol in Contador’s body.

On the basis of the investigations conducted together with WADA, UCI concluded that there were sufficient elements in the file to start a case against Contador as an apparent anti-doping violation.

UCI transferred the file to the Spanish “Comité Nacional de Compétición y Disciplina Deportiva” (“CNCDD”), in order to start disciplinary proceedings against Contador.

Since UCI and WADA did not react to CNCDD’s invitation for documentary and scientific collaboration, CNCDD issued its decision solely on the formal notification to Contador of the adverse findings and the explanation given by Contador. » Read the rest of this entry «

Study on the effects of the Bosman case on European Football

January 25th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

In the 1995 Bosman case (European Court of Justice of 15 December 1995 in Union Royale Belge des Sociétés de Football Association vs. Bosman, C-415/93),  the European Court of Justice ruled that transfer rules which make the transfer of a player at the end of his contract term subject to payment of a transfer sum are invalid under European law and therefore unenforceable. These rules violate one of the basic rules of the single market (free movement of workers).

At a debate organized yesterday in Brussels by Burson Marsteller, an international public affairs agency, the results of a comparative study were presented on the possible effects of the Bosman ruling on European football.

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A new business model for professional cycling? The key role of Medium Rights.

December 13th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

The Bakala-Lefèvere Business Plan

Zdenek Bakala, a Tsjech investor, and Patrick Lefèvere, director of the recently formed Omega Pharma-Quick Step pro cycling team, presented on 5 December 2011 in Antwerp their thoughts about a new 5 year business plan, which could change the world of professional cycling in a revolutionary way.

Up till now professional cycling teams are mainly financed by one or two main sponsors and a number of sub-sponsors. The contribution by the main sponsors is mainly of a financial nature, whilst the sub-sponsors may contribute “in kind”, for instance with logistics (team cars), materials (bikes) or beverages (sports drinks). In case of a Pro Team the annual budget may represent easily around 10 million Euro, but can be lower or higher.

As I understand their project, Bakala and Lefèvere intend to create a model where the teams would develop their own branding, instead of being dependent on everchanging sponsors, which are every day more difficult to find and which are normally not prepared to enter into long time engagements.

It is clear that the lack of continuity and stability of financing through sponsoring can be a serious threat to the future of professional cycling.

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