Doyen Sports Investments Limited v Sporting Clube de Portugal in a sports-related dispute


Froriep successfully represented Doyen Sports Investments Limited in a sports-related dispute against Sporting Clube de Portugal – Futebol, SAS, before the Swiss Federal Tribunal.

Sporting had filed a motion to set aside a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Arbitral Award in favour of Doyen. FRORIEP prevailed before the Federal Tribunal.

At the core of the case were the transfer of two football players and the related economic rights participation agreements, commonly referred to as Third Party Participation (TPP) agreements, concluded between Sporting and Doyen. Sporting had claimed the invalidity of these agreements but the CAS decided they were both valid and enforceable. Sporting then went to request the annulment of the CAS Award before the Federal Tribunal claiming the violation of material public policy.

In a detailed and very interesting decision, the Federal Tribunal fully rejected Sporting’s claims. It disagreed with Sporting’s interpretation of material public policy and its concrete application to the world of sports and particularly, of football. It also did not admit Sporting’s position that such agreements violated material public policy by disregarding the players’ fundamental rights.

The decision was published on the Federal Tribunal’s website on 18 January 2017.

The Froriep team involved partner Jean Marguerat (picture) and associate Tomás Navarro Blakemore.

Involved fees earner: Jean Marguerat – Froriep; Tomás Navarro Blakemore – Froriep;

Law Firms: Froriep;

Clients: Doyen Sports Investments Limited;