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Leicester City FC Fined By UK Competition Authority: Key Learnings For Sports Organisations

Thu, 2023-08-17 06:38

On 31 July 2023, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) issued an infringement decision finding that Leicester City FC colluded with JD Sports to restrict competition in the sales of Leicester City-branded clothing, including replica kit, over the course of 2018 to 2021.

Both parties admitted the infringements, with Leicester City FC fined £880,000 for its conduct (reflecting a discount of up to 20% of the fine which would otherwise have been imposed due to its participation in the CMA’s settlement procedure). JD Sports avoided a fine under the CMA’s leniency programme by reporting the breaches.

More specifically, the investigation related to market sharing and price fixing arrangements whereby JD Sports either stopped selling Leicester City-branded clothing online or altered its company-wide terms of sale such that fans were required to pay for delivery charges on the goods in question.

This article discusses a few key learnings for sports organisations from this case.

AuthorAlexandra Kamerling Alistair White

The lifecycle of an international athlete - Important pension considerations

Wed, 2023-08-16 06:49

This is the fifth in Penningtons Manches [Cooper]’s series of blogs addressing the key legal issues that international athletes and their advisors should consider before coming to work in the UK.

Pensions expert Clare Coley looks at the importance of pensions savings. This is in the context of professional athletes having a relatively short career and therefore needing to manage their finances carefully in order to provide for a future after retirement from professional sport.

Athletes coming to the UK from abroad should actively consider their options for pension saving in this country, prior to moving here. Pensions should be regarded as part of their overall wealth management and savings strategies. There is a lot to play for!

This information is directed chiefly at those who will have long-term stays in the UK (e.g. footballers staying under a five-year contract). For shorter visits, pension savings may not be particularly lucrative but may still generate some retirement benefits (and may be provided automatically).

Pensions are a highly complicated area and there are many important issues to consider. This article considers:

  • What sort of pension arrangements are available in the UK?
  • What if I already have pension savings because I have worked in the UK before?
  • Examples: pensions for footballers and rugby players.
  • When, under whatever pension scheme I join, can I take my benefits?
  • Where can I go to take further advice?
AuthorClare Coley