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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

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