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The ruling follows a request for advice from The Netherlands about three gay refugees seeking asylum from Uganda, Sierra Leone and Senegal

Should football be braced for the abolition of the transfer window?

Football set to challenge legality of window in move that could have Bosman-rule level of impact

Spain's defender Sergio Ramos (C) raises the trophy as Spain's national football team players celebrate winning the 2010 World Cup football

World Cup and European Championships to remain free-to-air after Uefa and Fifa lose appeals

Football's governing bodies had wanted to be able to sell matches to the highest bidders

Uefa's financial fair play rules face test from the 'Bosman' lawyer

Wealthy clubs will watch legal challenge driven by Jean-Louis Dupont with interest

Levi takes on rivals over red-tab copycats

Knock-off denim dealers across Europe have been dealt a blow after jeans maker Levi Strauss won the right to stop rivals aping its red-tab marking.

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Can I claim compensation for delayed flights?

Q My wife and I were on a flight from Manchester to Madeira in May 2006. It was delayed for several hours. The return flight was delayed even longer – instead of returning in the early evening, we got back early the next day. Can I claim compensation?

Barrie Wilkinson, Lincolnshire

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Pre-booking a parador

Q We would like to tour around Spain, in our own car, staying in paradors.  We want to pre-book - what is the best way to do this?

Sue Wright, Worcester

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Ash cloud compensation

Q We live in Spain but were stranded in the UK in 2010 because of the ash cloud. We had to return by ferry and plane from Santander to Alicante. We also incurred extra costs in the UK. Can we claim from Ryanair?

David Chapman

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary: Don't blame me for an ash cloud

The boss of Ryanair reacted furiously to a court ruling that airlines have an unlimited duty of care to passengers whose flights are delayed.

Flight disruption at Gatwick airport due to volcanic ash
Passengers stranded in Terminal 5

Flight delayed? Now you can sue: Landmark ruling could mean customers receive payouts for hold-ups over three hours

Travellers can now theoretically claim compensation for delays dating back to 2005

Woman jumps to her death from Bilbao apartment balcony as bailiffs arrive to evict her

A woman jumped to her death as bailiffs approached to evict her from her fourth-floor Spanish apartment for failing to pay the mortgage.

The Irish carrier, which prides itself on its cheap tickets, had already increased fares by 12%

Ryanair loses Icelandic volcano costs legal battle

Ryanair today lost the latest round in its legal battle to avoid paying for hotels, meals and drinks for passengers disrupted by delayed flights during the Icelandic volcano eruption in 2010.

Scudamore: Premier League TV deal up in the air

Richard Scudamore, the chief executive of the Premier League, said yesterday that his organisation is still considering selling its TV rights on a pan-European basis when they are next up for sale in 2013.

Pub landlady Karen Murphy wins High Court case

A pub landlady has won her legal battle to overturn her conviction for using foreign decoders to show Premier League football matches.

Football bosses claim victory in satellite TV row

Football industry bosses today said they would tackle publicans using foreign satellite systems to broadcast Premier League action without permission after a new court ruling in a long-running row over the screening of live games in bars.

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