Ligue de Football Professionnel du Cameroun Wins CAS Appeal
The Ligue de Football Professionnel du Cameroun (“LFPC”), Cameroun’s professional football league, has won its appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”), overturning the decision of the Executive Committee of the Fédération Camerounaise de Football (“FECAFOOT”) to suspend the LFPC from being a member of the FECAFOOT.
On 22 August 2019, the Bureau of the Executive Committee of the FECAFOOT suspended the LFPC as a member of the FECAFOOT. On 3 September 2019, the Executive Committee of the FECAFOOT ratified the suspension of the LFPC.
Having exhausted all internal remedies without success, the LFPC instructed Morgan Sports Law to appeal the suspension before the CAS.
On 14 September 2020, the CAS decided in the LFPC’s favour, inter alia, that:
- the suspension of the LFPC was illegal from at least 18 October 2019; and
- the LFPC suspension ended on 18 October 2019.
The CAS therefore ordered that the LFPC’s rights, including its right to organise professional football championships in Cameroon, be fully restored (retrospectively) as of 18 October 2019.
The LFPC was represented in the CAS proceedings by William Sternheimer (Partner) of Morgan Sports Law.