In May 2012 Martens Rechtsanwälte joined forces with FC Bayern Munich AG and the European Club Association (ECA) to organise the seminar “Disputes in Sport”. At that time ruling on disputes in the field of international sports was a very hot topic with the media and the public alike. Taking football and basketball as an example various approaches to finding solutions were discussed and the role of the Court of Arbitration for Sport as the supreme judicial body for resolving disputes in international sport was highlighted.
Types of disputes
Dispute resolution mechanisms
Basics of dispute resolution in international football according to the FIFA and UEFA rules
General introduction to UEFA’s regulations on financial fair play and licensing
Introduction of the European Club Association
Mediation according to the ECA rules
Jessica Sturmberg (moderator), ARD reporter and editor
Prof. Dr Antonio Rigozzi, attorney at law, arbitration expert, legal counsel in numerous CAS proceedings
Daniel Lorenz Pereira, Legal Director FC Porto, member of the Legal Advisory Panel of the ECA
Herbert Fischer-Solms, sports journalist
Dr Dirk-Reiner Martens, CAS arbitrator, attorney at law
José María Cruz de Andrés
A former Managing Partner of Ernst & Young he became the Manager of Sevilla FC in 2005 and the Vice President of the Board of Directors shortly afterwards. After representing Sevilla FC in the Spanish football league for many years he was a member of the league’s Board of Director for two years. He is a member of the Legal Advisory Panel of the ECA and an arbitrator for the CAS.
A former ARD radio journalist covering sports policy, doping and IOC topics, he was formerly a member of ARD radio’s doping task force. From 1973 to 2011 he was the head sports editor at Deutschlandfunk in Cologne. Herbert Fischer-Solms has won the Herbert Zimmermann Radio Prize of the Association of German Sports Journalists several times and has been awarded the “Oldenburg Feather”.
He was the co-founder of champions league football and in 2001 he was appointed as the Deputy Commissioner of the league; from 2002 to 2006 he was the President of Soccer United Marketing International. In 2009 Ivan Gazidis took up his role as the Chief Executive Officer of Arsenal FC. He sits on a number of committees including FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber and FIFA’s Committee for Club Football, and also serves as Chairman of the Legal Advisory Panel of the ECA.
Dr Michael Gerlinger
FC Bayern Munich AG
After obtaining a doctorate in sports law from the University of Mannheim Michael Gerlinger completed the FIFA Master programme. He initially worked for the law firm Taylor Wessing until his move to FC Bayern Munich AG in 2005, where he has been an authorised officer [Prokurist] since 2009. In addition to being the author of numerous publications on sports law and sports management, he is also a committee member of the Federal Court of the German Football Association and acts as an arbitrator in FIBA and CAS proceedings.
Dr Dirk-Reiner Martens
Attorney at Law
Dirk-Reiner Martens has been an active member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for many years and since 2000 he has handled more than 120 proceedings. In addition he was an arbitrator for the ad hoc court of arbitration during the Olympic Games in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006. Dirk-Reiner Martens created the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT) for the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
Prof. Dr Antonio Rigozzi
Attorney at Law
After working for the law firm Schellenberg Wittmer for five years Antonio Rigozzi joined the law firm Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler in 2007, where he runs the section for resolving sports disputes in arbitration proceedings. He is the Chairman of the arbitral tribunal of Swiss Athletics and a member of the ICA of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) for formula one cases. In 2005 this author of numerous publications on sports law was appointed professor of the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland.
Daniel Lorenz Rodrigues Pereira
FC Porto, SAD
Daniel Lorenz Rodrigues Pereira was a lawyer at the law firm Graça Moura & Associados before moving to the Legal Department of FC Porto, SAD, in 2000. He has been the Head of the Legal Department of FC Porto, SAD, since 2003.
FC Bayern Munich AG
From 1991 to 2002 this former striker was a co-Vice President, along with Franz Beckenbauer, of FC Bayern Munich. In February 2002, in the course of the transformation of the club’s professional football section into a public limited company, he was appointed as the Chairman of its Board of Directors. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was the first Chairman of the European Club Association (ECA).
Jessica Sturmberg, who has a degree in economics, has worked as a freelance journalist for Deutschlandfunk, WDR and ARD since 2005, specialising in economics, sport and business, and she is the editor for the sports sector at Deutschlandfunk in Cologne.
Attorney at Law
Andreas Zagklis was a legal assistant at CAS’s ad hoc court of arbitration at the Olympic Games in 2004, 2006 and 2008 and acts as a legal counsel in many CAS proceedings. On behalf of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) he administers the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT), which is an independent arbitral tribunal that has dealt with more than 280 cases in five years.