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John Blavo, an FA-registered lawyer, is the founder and Senior Partner of Blavo & Co; a law firm with expertise in several areas including sport, tax, commercial, immigration and employment law. John advises several leading footballers both in the Premier League and abroad.

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The Football Lawyer: Brazil, Qatar, Manchester City and FFP – some legal homework for the summer months, Football

The Football Lawyer: Brazil, Qatar, Manchester City and FFP – some legal homework for the summer months

The World Cup is on its way, and soon some of the planet’s best players will be in a very tempting and wholly global shop window.

By | Football, Sport | Wednesday, 28 May 2014 at 5:47 pm

The Football Lawyer: Neymar, third-party rights and the footballer as family business, Football

The Football Lawyer: Neymar, third-party rights and the footballer as family business

With the World Cup approaching, Neymar was always going to be a name on everybody’s lips. However, rather than his form on the field, it is his controversial transfer to Barcelona that is currently attracting the most discussion.

By | Football, Sport | Thursday, 20 March 2014 at 2:02 pm

The Football Lawyer: Once Brazilian players prove their European ancestry, it’s still not easy for them to settle, Football

The Football Lawyer: Once Brazilian players prove their European ancestry, it’s still not easy for them to settle

The fact that there are so many gifted Brazilians actually makes it harder for them to move abroad.

By | Football, Sport | Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 4:37 pm

The Football Lawyer: Uefa has made moves to stamp out racism, but only time will tell if they grow more forceful, Football

The Football Lawyer: Uefa has made moves to stamp out racism, but only time will tell if they grow more forceful

Yaya Toure may have fallen short of silverware last season, but in recent months he has demonstrated even greater leadership away from the field than he does during ninety minutes of football

By | Football, Sport | Tuesday, 19 November 2013 at 3:05 pm

The Football Lawyer: Qatar 2022 compensation claims and the problem with quotas, Football

The Football Lawyer: Qatar 2022 compensation claims and the problem with quotas

The reality is that Fifa and Qatar cannot predict what a court might rule…

By | Football, Sport | Tuesday, 15 October 2013 at 3:50 pm

The Football Lawyer: What would the true cost of moving the 2022 World Cup to winter be?, Football

The Football Lawyer: What would the true cost of moving the 2022 World Cup to winter be?

Sponsors and rival tournaments could be in line for compensation, while holding the Qatar tournament in the summer poses other costly problems.

By | Football, Sport | Thursday, 29 August 2013 at 12:29 pm

The Football Lawyer: Taking the path less travelled, Football

The Football Lawyer: Taking the path less travelled

Playing in the Under-20 World Cup is an exciting time for young footballers, who suddenly see the most thrilling of futures rolled out before them.

By | Football, Sport | Monday, 1 July 2013 at 4:37 pm

A changing of the guards in English football: From Sir Alex Ferguson to Jose Mourinho, Football

A changing of the guards in English football: From Sir Alex Ferguson to Jose Mourinho

The guard has changed at Old Trafford for the first time in 26 years. Meanwhile, down the road, the man who brought Manchester City their first title in a generation is on his way. As Wigan go down, their much-coveted manager is set to field offers from many bigger clubs. And, of course, the self-styled Special One may be on his way back to Stamford Bridge.

By | Football, Sport | Tuesday, 21 May 2013 at 10:01 pm

The Football Lawyer: Callum McManaman tackle on Massadio Haidara and how footballers insure themselves against injury, Football

The Football Lawyer: Callum McManaman tackle on Massadio Haidara and how footballers insure themselves against injury

When Massadio Haidara was carried off the field on Sunday against Wigan Athletic, he was just the latest example of the sight that professional footballers fear the most.

By | Football, Sport | Tuesday, 19 March 2013 at 2:56 pm

The Football Lawyer: Gary Neville, football agents and how excess can be curbed, Football

The Football Lawyer: Gary Neville, football agents and how excess can be curbed

Gary Neville has recently and strongly criticised the influence of football agents in the game, and his thoughts led me to reflect on my own experiences of dealing with them.

By | Football, Sport | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 at 1:01 am

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