Sports Archives

  • The impact of sport regulations on European identity


    "There is a factual antagonism between sports regulation and the notion of European identity," writes Muriel Féraud-Courtin, a lawyer at French law firm TAJ.

  • Sports, a promising tool in reinforcing European identity


    The ratification of the Lisbon Treaty turns a new page in institutional reform and starts a fresh chapter in European integration, write Nadège Chambon, a researcher at French think-tank Notre Europe, and Thibaut Kerhervé, president of Triathlon Versailles, in an April paper.

  • Sport: Reconciling prosperity with political and financial independence


    The main challenge for sports authorities is to reconcile prosperity with political and financial independence, writes Vincent Chaudel, director of sport at Ineum Consulting and vice-president of French think-tank Sport et Citoyenneté, in a December paper.

  • Governance of European sport: A shared exercise


    "We should remember that historically sport has nearly always been run by private law organisations," writes Colin Miège, an administrator at the French Interior Ministry and co-director of French think-tank Sport et Citoyenneté's  scientific committee. 

  • The Olympics can be bad publicity


    Hosting the Olympics can negatively impact upon the image of the country concerned, according to a Norwegian School of Management (BI) study.

  • Dealing with doping: a question of the benchmark


    Carrying out regular drug tests over time to amass "longitudinal data" on athletes may help improve the accuracy of testing, argues a July 2008 analysis compiled by economics consultancy Oxera.

  • Sport both integrates and excludes


    While sport is a powerful factor for social cohesion, it can also exclude through nationalism, elitism or racism, argues French sociologist William Gasparini in a spring 2008 article published by the Agence pour l’Education par le sport. 

  • Famous athletes should promote social development


    Civil society organisations should engage more in social development actions through sports, argues former UNESCO official Marie José Lallart in an interview with the November 2007 Sport et Citoyenneté journal. She is a member of the organisation's scientific committee. 

  • Olympics triggering human rights violations in China


    "The current wave of repression occurring in China is not in spite of the Olympic Games, but because of the Olympics," claims an April report from Amnesty International.

  • Football banning orders, proportionality and public order policing


    An article entitled Football Banning Orders, Proportionality, and Public Order Policing published in the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice's July 2006 issue questions the extent to which the control of football 'hooliganism' is simply a matter of controlling 'hooligans'.

  • Analysis : Sport systems in the EU


    A study published in the European Journal for Sport and Society compares the different sport systems in the EU member states.

  • Study: Crowd dynamics, policing and ‘hooliganism’ at Euro 2004


    A research project by the Economic and Social Research Council supports the 'low profile' policing approach adopted by the Portuguese authorities during the Euro 2004 football championships.

  • Study on trends in sports participation in the EU


    This study by the Mulier Institute describes the nature and extent of the practice of sport in the various member states and investigates whether it is possible to identify trends on a national and European level on the basis of this data and the extent to which comparison between the member states is possible.

  • Comment on a proposed social dialogue solution for football within the EU


    Football in the EU suffers from too many levels of legal regulation, argues a research fellow from the Asser International Sports Law Centre. His view is that a social dialogue bringing together clubs and players throughout the EU is one solution.

  • Comment on Simutenkov v Spanish football federation case


    Based on a provision in the EU-Russia partnership agreement, rights
    of free movement enjoyed by EU nationals can also be relied on by
    non-EU nationals, explains law professor Dr Richard Parrish.

  • Comment on Spanish ‘amateur sports restrictions’ case


    A letter of formal notice was sent by the
    Commission on 13 October 2004 asking Spain to look into
    claims that the Spanish Football Federation's amateur
    sport restriction discriminate against EU nationals. Academic
    and author of 'Sports Law and Policy in the European
    Union' Dr Richard Parrish comments.

  • The People’s Game? Football, Finance and Society


    This book,
    entitled 'The People’s Game? Football,
    Finance and Society' (2003, Palgrave), provides a
    wide-ranging study of some of the concerns currently at the
    heart of debates about the governance and structure of club
    football in Europe. The author, Stephen Morrow, is
    a chartered accountant and a member of the Institute
    for Sports Research at Stirling University.

  • Racism, Football and the Internet


    This pilot study, published by the EUMC in 2001, is an analysis of the use of the internet to spread hate and racism and co-ordinate racist action at football matches. UEFA, the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network, the EUMC and the EU's Committee of the Regions have met since the study was commissioned for more general discussions on how to combat racism in football.

  • A Different Kind of Ball Game


    This article analyses the relationship between football and politics. If football is often used to exacerbate nationalist feelings, European and international championships have the potential to bring people together and foster mutual understanding.

  • Racism and the unique power of sport – The English Experience


    This paper examines the issues of racism in European, particularly English sport, largely based on football as a case study. It comes as EU Member States develop ever closer links - via national football information points - to eliminate violence at football matches.


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