Should professional athletes and other sports people be allowed to participate in events that are not organised or approved by their sport's governing body? Many sporting bodies would answer "no" and impose rules that prevent athletes from participating in non-approved events. The rationale – or one of them – for such rules is to ensure consistency and integrity within sports and to stop private entrepreneurs from poaching athletes without investing money back into grassroots activities or the development of elite athletes.
Competition compliance programmes routinely warn that one of risks of breaching competition law is director disqualification. Powers to disqualify individuals from acting as company directors for breaching competition law have existed in the UK since 2003. But these have never been exercised – until now.