Stevenage Borough Football Club Limited v Football League Limited: CA 6 Aug 1996

Unfair changes to the rules for the promotion of sports clubs between leagues could not be challenged retrospectively after the team in question had impliedly accepted the rules. An injunction granted may within a sporting league context have unfair consequences on others not party to the proceedings.


Hobhouse, Millett, Swinton-Thomas LJJ


Times 09-Aug-1996, [1996] EWCA Civ 569, [1996] EWCA Civ 570


England and Wales


Appeal fromStevenage Borough Football Club Ltd v The Football League Ltd ChD 1-Aug-1996
The Football League is a body subject to judicial review, since it exercises its control over members in the public interest. . .

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The jockey claimant challenged disciplinary proceedings brought against him by the defendant authority.
Held: The findings were upheld in part but remitted for consideration of giving the claimant opportunity to challenge certain evidence. . .
CitedSankofa and Another v The Football Association Ltd ComC 12-Jan-2007
The claimant sought an injunction to order the defendant football association from preventing him playing on a football match. He had been sent off and was subject to an automatic additional one match ban. He sought to exercise a right under the . .
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Updated: 31 October 2022; Ref: scu.140436