Clubs and players have become involved in bitter disputes with national and international sporting organisations over who controls players.

Club v country disputes have been particularly high profile in football, with the G14 group of leading clubs taking FIFA to court in Belgium, but disputes have also arisen in rugby union and other sports.

FIFA Legal Director, Heinz Tännler and G-14 In-House Legal Counsel, Jean-Louis Dupont, will be speaking at the Club, Country & Players Special Briefing on 21 September in London. 

Players, who are at the centre of this struggle for power, have their own issues to address.

Confirmed speakers include: Maurice Watkins, Director, Manchester United;  Quentin Smith, Chairman, Sale Sharks and David Davies, Chairman, London Wasps;  Simon Barker, Senior Executive, Professional Footballers Association;  Damian Hopley, CEO, Professional Rugby Players Association;  Ian Smith, Vice President Legal, The Professional Cricketers’ Association;  Howard Cartlidge, Partner, Olswang;  Tim Crow, Director Consulting, Karen Earl Sponsorship;  Duncan Fraser, JLT Sport;  Christine Oughton, Director at the Football Governance Research Centre, Birkbeck, University of London;  Sally Longworth, Grant Thornton UK.

This one day Special Briefing, which is organised by World Sports Law Report and hosted by leading sports and media firm Olswang, will bring together key participants, analysts and advisors from the sports world to examine what lies behind these disputes, their significance for sport, sport rights, sponsorship and the impact on the commercial future of sport.

Please click on the link below for full details of the programme and pricing: