Manager Minefield; the factors involved in Hiring and Firing

The news out of Stamford Bridge is that Chelsea FC are looking to hire their first in-house lawyer. robbie_savageThe club has not yet revealed what the job specification for the role is but one would hazard a guess that Employment law could be high on the list.

Since 1 July 2003, a reign of just over 10 years, has seen Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich pay out in the region of £90million in compensation to 7 sacked managers. To put this into context, Chelsea FC had just 8 managers in their first 75 years of existence. Two of the managers that must feel most hard done by are Guus Hiddink who had 3 months in charge between February 2009 to May 2009, losing only one game in charge, won the FA Cup and narrowly missed out on the Champions League Final. Roberto Di Matteo was deemed surplus to requirements just six months after delivering Abramovich’s most sought after prize, the Champions League Trophy.
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Think before you Ink – Celebrities could face being sued over their tattoos

Sunday evening will see the San Francisco 49ers take on the Jacksonville Jaguars here in England at Wembley Stadium. The 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is nearly as famous for his distinctive tattoos as he is for reaching last year’s Super Bowl. However, Kaepernick could find himself in hot water following lawsuits that are being filed in America surrounding intellectual property rights and tattoo artists.

In America in late 2012 tattoo artist Chris Escobedo sued THQ, the creators of the computer game ‘UFC Undisputed’, for copyright infringement. In summary, in 2009 Escobedo inked a large tattoo of a lion into the ribcage of mixed martial arts fighter Carlos Condit. He then filed a claim when the fighter and his lion tattoo were digitally recreated in 2012 to appear in the UFC Undisputed computer game. Escobedo claimed that THQ did not have his prior permission to recreate the lion tattoo. Escobedo was ultimately awarded $22,500 which incidentally was the same figure that Condit was paid to feature in the game.
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TV Catchup Caught Out: High Court bans TV Catchup from streaming content over mobile networks

Are you one of the 10 million active users of TV Catchup? Do you have the mobile app installed on your smartphone? Following a successful High Court challenge by three of the UK’s biggest broadcasters, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 (“the Broadcasters”), the TV Catchup service has been forced to alter the services it provides.

The TV Catchup business model involves the relay of free-to-air TV channels to computers and mobile devices. The service is free to use, but limited to those persons who can access the internet in the UK and who hold a valid TV licence. As of April 2009, the site has been using stringent IP monitoring facilities to detect and block access from many proxy servers, to ensure that users are situated within the UK.
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Asians Can Play Football – Nearly another decade on!

“The Asian build is not that of a footballer…it may well be Asian ingredients in food, or the nutrition they intake, [but it is] not ideal for building up a physical frame” (the then Sheffield Utd manager Dave Basset, BBC TV 1995)

The quote above sparked a report published in 1996 by Jas Bains and Raj Patel titled ‘Asians Can’t Play Football’ which was seen as an important breakthrough in reflecting both the frustrations and the aspirations of a section of the British community that seemed to be largely alienated by a sport they were so passionate about.
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Check The Fine Print: Russian bank customer writes his own Ts&Cs!

Are you sick of junk mail through your letterbox, spam in your email inbox and salespeople armed with clipboards harassing you in the street all wanting you to sign up to a new credit card?

Over in Russia a gentleman named Dmitry Agarkov was particularly unhappy with yet another unsolicited offer of credit. Mr Agarkov was so appalled upon reading the small print that the real interest rate was 45 per cent, despite the bank’s advertisement offering a rate of 12.9 per cent.
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