Carol Couse among 19 approved FIFA mediators

Mills & Reeve partner says increasing number of sports disputes resolved via mediation



Mills & Reeve partner Carol Couse has been included in FIFA’s inaugural list of 19 approved mediators.

FIFA’s Football Tribunal recently permitted disputes to be referred to mediation.

Reeves said: “It is brilliant to have been appointed to FIFA’s mediators list. In the UK there are increasing numbers of sports disputes being resolved by mediation as parties see the benefit of saving time and costs, preserving relationships and framing the outcome of their disputes on their own terms.

"FIFA’s inclusion of mediation as an alternative to arbitration is a welcome development and it will be fascinating to see its impact on football disputes at a global level.”

The 19 approved mediators are:

Beverley A. Agbakoba-Onyejianya United Kingdom


Malek Badri Tunisia


Joost Batelaan The Netherlands


Jeffrey Benz USA


Carol Couse United Kingdom


Judy Daniel Trinidad and Tobago


Roberto de Palma Barracco Brazil


Enrico Errol Angeles Philippines


Paul Godin Canada


Luis Manuel Gomez Naranjo Venezuela


Joshua A. Gordon USA


Mehdi Guennoun Morocco


Jorge Ibarrola Switzerland


José E. Jozami Argentina


Hans E. Lorenz Germany


Francisco Rubio Sánchez Spain


Marisa Santana Spain


Jitten Singh Fiji


Jacqueline Waihenya Kenya