Swiss Arbitration Decisions

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February 19, 2013

The case involved a dispute concerning the transfer of a professional football player.

 

After various other procedural moves, a three members Panel of the CAS (chairman Bernhard Welten with arbitrators Mark Hovell and Vit Horacek) upheld an appeal by one of the two clubs involved and ordered the other one to pay an amount of € 800’000 plus VAT and interest.

 

An appeal was made to the Federal Tribunal and the Court rejected the appeal.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_550/2012
Original language: 
French
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September 23, 2008

The case involved a sports arbitration in Lausanne, in which two Argentinean agents had been entrusted with negotiating the transfer of a player to the Spanish club Real Madrid. The transfer was not completed due to a negative medical report. The agents filed a claim with FIFA for fees, which was rejected. On February 29, 2008, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (“CAS”) upheld the dismissal of the claim. The CAS arbitral tribunal was chaired by Prof. Massimo Coccia with Mr. D.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_176/2008
Original language: 
German
Published: 
27 ASA Bull 128 (2009)
also see Vol 2 SwissIntArbRep 451 (2008)
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May 24, 2013

The case involved a football club in Mexico and a Brazilian player. A dispute as to the player’s compensation resulted in a decision of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber in November 2010, holding that it did not have jurisdiction, whereupon the player filed a claim with the Mexican Conciliation and Resolution of Controversies Commission (“CRCC”). On July 26, 2011, the CRCC found that the claim was time-barred under applicable Mexican law.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_476/2012
Original language: 
German
Published: 
32 Asa Bull 148 (2014)
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November 27, 2017

This was a Civil law appeal against an award rendered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on April 19, 2017, where the professional football club X (the Club) was ordered to pay to the player’s Intermediary A (the Intermediary) the outstanding amount of a commission of EUR 2'700'000, plus interest, according to the contract concluded on August 23, 2013.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_312/2017
Original language: 
French
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February 21, 2008

This decision dated February 21, 2008 came on line in late March.  In view of its interest it has already been the object of a short comment (in French) by Laurent Hirsch in the discussion group  arbitrage-adr@yahoogroupes.fr. Laurent's comment was mailed on April 10.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_370/2007
Original language: 
French
Published: 
2 SwissIntArbRep 89 (2008)
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October 4, 2017

The case involved an international-level middle-distance runner (the Athlete) whose antidoping controls showed the highly likely use of a prohibited substance or method. Following a provisional suspension in April 2016, the Athlete was suspended for four years. The decision with grounds was part of the minutes of the meeting of the Federation’s Disciplinary Commission in June 2016.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_384/2017
Original language: 
French
Published: 
36 ASA Bull 197 (2018)
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January 9, 2009

Dodô v. Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), to which Hansjörg Stutzer referred in his criticism of the Busch decision, involved the Brazilian player Ricardo Dodô . He tested positive after a random doping check in June 2007 and was suspended for 120 days by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_460/2008
Original language: 
German
Published: 
27 ASA Bull 540 (2009)
also see 3 SwissIntArbRep 41 (2009)
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July 8, 2009

In 2007, a swimmer tested positive to an illegal substance during the World Military Swimming Championship in Hyderabad (India). Disciplinary proceedings followed and the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”), which ordered results made by the swimmer between October 2007 and August 2008 cancelled. He was also disqualified for two years from February 6, 2008.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_10/2009
Original language: 
Italian
Published: 
3 SwissIntArbRep 305 (2009)
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November 6, 2009

The decision is an interesting one because the Federal Tribunal annulled the jurisdictional award issued by the CAS on June 23, 2009. Those of you who receive Hansjörg Stutzer’s excellent newsletter will have read his comments and the case is most likely to be discussed in further legal writing in the months ahead.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_358/2009
Original language: 
German
Published: 
30 ASA Bull 166 (2011)
also see 3 SwissIntArbRep 495 (2009)
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March 10, 2010

This opinion of the Federal Tribunal of March 10, 2010, is related to sport arbitration, which nowadays tends to become the main “provider” of appeals to the Swiss Federal Tribunal. This is due to the fact that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is based in Lausanne (Switzerland). Also, there are numerous sport arbitrations, some of which inevitably find their way to the Federal Tribunal, including some cases in which it is clear that an appeal should not have been filed at all.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_4/2010
Original language: 
Italian
Published: 
28 ASA Bull 848 (2010)
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April 18, 2011

The case is of moderate interest as it deals with an issue that is only significant to sports arbitration.

 

A football trainer from Bulgaria trained APOP Kinyras, a Cypriot football club. In late 2008, two of his players tested positive to oxymesterone, a prohibited anabolic steroid. It turned out that the trainer had made some “white pills” available to the players – and some of them apparently did not resist the temptation.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_640/2010
Original language: 
German
Published: 
30 ASA Bull 144 (2012)
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June 18, 2012

This decision dated June 18, 2012 is of limited interest and should really be read only if you are actively involved in sport arbitration.

A young Polish karting driver took part in a competition in Germany in July 2010. He was 12 years old at the time but tested positive for Nikethamide, an illicit substance. The medical panel of the Anti-Doping Committee of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile banned him from competition for two years and annulled his results.

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_636/2011
Original language: 
German
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April 19, 2011

The case involved the professional football player Omer Riza. Riza plays for the English club Histon. He was born in the UK of Turkish Cypriot descent, started as a youth with Arsenal but then in 2006 he signed with the Turkish club Trabzonspor.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_404/2010
Original language: 
German
Parties
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December 14, 2012

The case involved a dispute between a professional basketball player and her former agent. On March 12, 2012 the competent body of the Fédération Internationale de Basketball, the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (Ulrich Haas, sole arbitrator) issued an award ordering her to compensate the agent.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_198/2012
Original language: 
French
Published: 
32 ASA Bull 580 (2014)
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March 18, 2013

The case involved the coach of the Bulgarian national football team and a contract governed by Bulgarian law. The contract also stated that disputes would be referred to “the competent court” and that the parties “recognized” the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.

 

Case information

Docket number: 
4A_388/2012
Original language: 
German
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