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Arbitration Case Digest

Challenge of CAS award related to football corruption scandal dismissed


Case Number: 4A_494/2018 (25 June 2019)

The dispute leading to the Supreme Court decision dated 25 June 2019 (rendered in French and recently published) arose in connection with a contract between a sports consulting company (appellant) and the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). Before and after the signing of the contract, allegations of corruption were made against several of CONMEBOL's representatives. The appellant terminated the contract on the basis that these events jeopardised its reputation. CONMEBOL initiated arbitration before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) requesting that the appellant pay the contract price. The CAS panel granted CONMEBOL's requests. The appellant challenged the award on two grounds.


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