Rúben Ribeiro Success in CAS Appeal

Rúben Ribeiro Success in CAS Appeal
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In May 2018, fans of Portuguese club Sporting Clube de Portugal (“Sporting”) invaded the latter’s training grounds and attacked players in the locker room following several poor sporting results. As a consequence, several players of Sporting, including Rúben Tiago Rodrigues Ribeiro terminated their employment contracts with Sporting.

Sporting filed a claim before the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (“DRC”), arguing that Mr Ribeiro had terminated his employment contract without just cause and seeking more than €60 million as compensation from Rúben.  

On 20 February 2020, the DRC rejected Sporting’s claim who then filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”), claiming once again more than €60 million as compensation.

On 14 February 2022, the CAS rejected Sporting’s appeal.

Mr Ribeiro was represented in the CAS proceedings by William Sternheimer (Partner) of Morgan Sports Law, assisted by Luis Cassiano Neves of 14 Sports Law.


1. The DRC partially upheld Mr Ribeiro’s claim finding that he had just cause to terminate the employment contract but that no compensation was due to him by Sporting.