Volume: 15 Issue: 12
Football is an industry which often attracts negative commentary. Discussions over the amounts paid in recent times for top players, and to their agents, has filled many newspaper columns, as have the often opaque funding structures and the increase in foreign ownership of clubs. FIFA, as the world football governing body, has also attracted much discussion and many column inches. It is to this backdrop that the first edition of the Edinburgh Sports Conference on ‘Integrity in Football’ took place. The main integrity issues within the industry, which were addressed at the Conference, can be summarised as: integrity in player transfers, governance of the game, match-fixing and integrity in football financing. Philippa Lombardi, Director at Lombardi Associates, the law firm that organised the Conference, builds on the discussions had at the Conference, providing a comprehensive overview of the integrity issues within football.