Paul Horvath – Principal of SportsLawyer was Interviewed at the Round 14 – 2017 Richmond Football Club Presidents Lunch
Paul Horvath – Principal of SportsLawyer addressed the Richmond FC Presidents lunch at the MCG yesterday on the topic of being a Sports Lawyer. He discussed representing Richmond in tribunal cases, and discussed the tribunal’s record number of appearances by Carlton’s David Rhys-Jones.
Speaking at the function in front of more than 500 guests including Brendan Gale, Peggy O’Neill and Richmond greats Kevin Bartlett and Francis Bourke, Paul shared with the audience stories of being a Sports Lawyer having practised for more than 25 years. Throughout those years, he has acted for, and advised clients in relation to some of the most prominent sports law matters of recent times including Richmond Football Club, where he is the Solicitor in all AFL Tribunal Matters.
Paul shared some tribunal stories with the audience.
- Jake King was as tenacious in tribunal cases as he was on the footy field. Paul assisted Jake to get off a melee charge against Collingwood, and get a reduced penalty for “manhandling” an opposition trainer.
- Did you know that due to procedural changes within the AFL tribunal process, hearings having dropped off. In 2004, there were 123 cases, this year so far, no cases have been heard.
- The longest suspension ever imposed in AFL/VFL history was 99 matches in 1910 for bribery; the biggest suspension in the last 85 years was Ben Cousins in 2007 for bringing the game into disrepute. He served 22 weeks in total.
- David Rhys-Jones went to the tribunal 25 times and was found not guilty on 14 of those occasions, and served 14 games’ suspension (according to his biography), or 22 games according to wikipedia.
Thank you to Richmond Football Club for allowing Paul to share his stories at the Round 14 President Luncheon.
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