A Football Rarity – An Article 15 RSTP (sporting just cause) Case at the CAS!

A Football Rarity – An Article 15 RSTP (sporting just cause) Case at the CAS!
Article 15 of FIFA RSTP provides that in an international context, if an established player features in less than 10% of a club’s official matches in a season, a window opens through which the player can look to go and end his contract with “sporting just cause”. A few months ago, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) handed down the decision in CAS 2018/A/6017. Prior to that, the leading case in this area dated back to 2008.

It is no surprise that these cases are so rare, most clubs these days would prefer to transfer a player (usually by loan) or settle his or her contract rather than have a fit player sitting in the stands watching the team play whilst still being paid in full.

To most players’ credit, they too would rather be playing than having to watch part of their short enough career being wasted away on the side-lines.

However, where there’s an international dimension (and possibly domestic, if a mirror regulation exists), if an established player features in less than 10% of a club’s official matches in a season, a window opens through which the player can look to go and end his contract with “sporting just cause”.

Article 15 of FIFA’s Regulations on the...

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