Tags: Football

Liverpool football club should include a ‘bad behaviour’ clause for Mario Balotelli

Liverpool Football Club could consider the use of a range of tough contractual clauses in the potential deal to buy Mario Balotelli – including the ability to claw back the signing fee should the player misbehave in the future. According to leading employment lawyer Glenn Hayes at national firm Irwin Mitchell, the club can protect itself…

Luis Suarez bites another opponent – an employment law view

Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings* against Luis Suarez after he was accused of biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. The striker clashed with Italian defender Chiellini in the 79th minute of the Group D match. Television replays showed Suarez moving his head towards Chiellini, and apparently sinking his teeth into the defender’s shoulder. Chiellini responded by…

Both football and film industries failing to get to grips with diversity

As International Women’s Day came and went, it prompted many to publically question how far our major institutions had progressed in their quest for true gender diversity. One area put under the spotlight recently was the world of football, as a survey by Women in Football revealed that two thirds of respondents had directly witnessed…

Women in Football survey a damning indictment of sexism in the workplace

A ground-breaking new survey by Women in Football has revealed that 66.4% of women working in the sport have witnessed sexism in the workplace, with individuals being told they will “never work in the game again” if they reported it. 26.4% of the 661 respondents felt they were overlooked for promotion because of their gender…

Anelka’s own goal: what to do if employees damage your business

Footballer Nicolas Anelka’s recent alleged anti-Semitic gesture has had significant consequences for his club who have lost one sponsor and face the prospect of losing more. What can you do if an employee’s actions cause damage to your business? Background facts After scoring a goal against West Ham United recently, West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas…

The new corporate athlete can train in the facilities used by England’s football and rugby teams at Perform at St George’s Park

Perform, the world-class human performance, sports and exercise medicine and rehabilitation centre at the heart of the St. George’s Park, the FA’s £100m National Football Centre, today unveiled a range of corporate packages to equip any employee with the skills to thrive in today’s challenging corporate world.  Perform is using its world-class facility and experts…

Racism still a major problem in football, says Commons committee

Racism, discrimination and a lack of diversity are still major problems within British football, a House of Commons committee report published this week has claimed. The Culture, Media and Sport committee report found that significant improvements have been made since the 1970s and 80s “when racial and other forms of abuse were common” and that…

Black footballer wins race victimisation case

Former Gillingham player, Mark McCammon, has won his race discrimination case against the club, after being sacked last year and accused of misconduct. The 33-year-old striker has made British legal history by becoming the first black footballer to successfully bring a claim of racial victimisation against a professional football club, which he claims put him…

Business may find that their networks struggle to cope with increased traffic for workers looking to view World Cup matches online in the office, according to one expert. Nigel Hawthorn, vice-president of Europe, Middle East and Africa marketing at delivery networking provider Blue Coat Systems, has warned bosses and those in charge of HR strategy…

SkillsActive has launched a new online resource to encourage the UK to brush up on their literacy, language and numeracy skills during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Developed in partnership with a number of organisations, including the Football Association, the National Literacy Trust, the Premier League, Podium and Active Communities, www.worldcupskills.org uses the medium of…

Aston Villa Football Club has been fined after a worker was injured by a fall through a roof during the redevelopment of its training ground. Two contractors from Mechanical Cleansing Services Ltd, contracted to drain fuel tanks on a roof during demolition of an old building on the site, were working at the Bodymoor Heath complex…

Acas has issued guidance to help employers get the best from their employees and avoid absence during the football season this summer. In anticipation of the World Cup, Acas urges employers to start talking to employees early to manage their expectations and minimise the impact on workplace productivity. Acas encourages employers to be: •Flexible, where…