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Bok captain under fire on social media

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 09 January 2019
Tags: #Sports Law
Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi has been the target of racist comments after he told Japanese media that Nelson Mandela would not have agreed with sport quotas. Kolisi had reportedly said: ‘I don’t think he (Mandela) would have supported that (quotas), but I don’t know him. I would not want to be picked because of my skin colour because that surely would not be good for the team, and the guys around you would know.’

Russian athlete sues for Comrades money

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 13 December 2018
Tags: #Litigation #Sports Law
Russian athlete Alexandra Morozova, who came second in the 2017 Comrades Marathon, has taken Athletics SA and the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) to court over the non-payment of her winnings. A report on the IoL site notes that Morozova approached the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) last month, demanding she be paid the R210 000 prize money she earned by coming second in the women’s division.

Fifa stripped of SA assets in 'world first' case

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 27 August 2018
Tags: #Intellectual Property Law #Litigation #Sports Law
World football federation Fifa has been stripped of all its SA trademarks and is now forced to hand over documents that could expose corruption and millions in kickbacks at the highest levels of government and the country’s local soccer authority. In what City Press describes as a world first, Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) Judge Van der Westhuizen issued an attachment order in favour of former football administrator Leslie Sedibe.

Former rugby player claiming R45m for injury

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 16 July 2018
Tags: #Litigation #Personal Injury Law #Sports Law
Former Blue Bulls prop Morné Mellett (28) has issued summons for R45m against the Blue Bulls Company and a team doctor, Herman Rossouw, for his loss of income following an injury. According to Rapport, Mellett was injured in a Super Rugby match in July 2015.

Ban on alcohol ads in sport will backfire, groups warn

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 13 March 2018
Tags: #Litigation #Sports Law
Cape sports associations are opposing changes to the legislation that could see alcohol advertisements banned in sport. According to a Cape Argus report, this follows a statement released by the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (Saapa) announcing their support for the ban on alcohol sponsorship of sport.

WP Rugby's advertising partner lays criminal charges

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 02 October 2017
Tags: #Business & Industry Law #Insolvency Law #Sports Law
The advertising partner for Western Province Rugby (WPR) has laid criminal charges against it, after directors and its chief executive failed to provide the liquidated company’s ‘statement of affairs’ to the Master of the High Court, as required by the Companies Act of 1973.

WP Rugby directors facing fraud charges

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Tags: #Litigation #Sports Law
Aerios, the company at the centre of a multimillion-rand advertising rights dispute with WP Rugby, say they have laid fraud-related charges against its board of directors over alleged non-presentation of the liquidated professional arm’s ‘statement of affairs’.

WP Rugby sued for R271m over Newlands ads

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 10 August 2017
Tags: #Litigation #Sports Law
Aerios, the company that lost its advertising rights at the Newlands rugby stadium with the liquidation of the Western Province Rugby Union (WRPU), is now claiming damages of R271m from WP Rugby (Pty) Ltd, Die Burger reports. Aerios also issued subpoenas to the directors of WP Rugby to testify in the section 417 investigation scheduled for the end of the month.

Fencer seeks R5m over Olympic exclusion

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 01 February 2017
Tags: #Litigation #Sports Law
A fencer is suing the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and the Fencing Federation of SA (FFSA) for more than R5m for not selecting her for last year’s Rio Olympic Games, says a Cape Times report. Epée fencer Juliana Barrett claims she earned qualification when she won the International Fencing Federation qualifying tournament for Africa held in Algeria in April.

Gymnastics dispute costs hotel more than R2m

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 01 February 2017
Tags: #Litigation #Sports Law
A Pretoria hotel is now more than R2m out of pocket after the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) found that it could not prove that the SA Gymnastics Federation is liable for payment of services the hotel provided. The hotel was claiming payment of more than R2.5m from the federation for providing accommodation‚ meals and transport to its delegates for the 12th African Gymnastics Championships held between 24-31 March 2014, says a TimesLIVE report.

Judgment on Western Province Rugby liquidation reserved

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Tags: #Litigation #Sports Law
Judgment was reserved in the Western Cape High Court yesterday on Western Province (Pty) Ltd's application for liquidation. The delay was a partial success for Aerios who has been in a legal battle with the commercial arm of the Western Province Rugby Union. The provisional state of liquidation, however, is extended, notes a Sport24 report. Aerios, through Advocate Chris Eloff, had claimed that WP’s sole intended desire through the liquidation was to get rid of Aerios as one of its creditors.

Jordaan and the lawyers – what's going on?

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 05 August 2016
Tags: #Litigation #Sports Law
What is going on with Danny Jordaan? Is he really being pursued by the FBI in connection with World Cup bribery allegations? Why has he hired a high-powered legal team? These questions, notes Legalbrief, require answers following claims this week that the president of the SA Football Association and apparently erstwhile Port Elizabeth mayor has engaged lawyers to deal with the FBI probe.

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