Dramatic Change on Football Disputes Arbitration System in Turkey

Dramatic Change on Football Disputes Arbitration System in Turkey
The decision handed down on 18 January 2018 by the Turkish Constitutional Court - and whose effects have only been visible since 2 March 2019 - has disrupted the domestic dispute resolution system.

In Turkey, pursuant to the Statutes of the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), the National Dispute Resolution Chamber (NDRC) is an independent body with jurisdiction over disputes between natural and/or legal persons and is placed within the organisational structure of the TFF. 

The decisions of the NDRC are compulsory and must be abided to by clubs participating in official football competitions in Turkey, as well as players, referees, coaches, intermediaries, physicians and any other members or professionals of clubs or affiliated federation leagues.

The NDRC was exclusively competent for...

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