Guam Football Cites Covid as Defense in World Cup Rights Suit

Oct. 4, 2021, 8:00 PM

The Guam Football Association on Monday cited the Covid-19 pandemic as a defense to claims that it breached a contract for the commercial and media rights to the men’s national team’s 2022 World Cup home qualifying matches by selling the rights to a match that was relocated to China.

The pandemic “impaired, prevented or frustrated” GFA’s performance of its agreement with Singapore-based International Sports Partners PTE Ltd., relieving it of liability under the legal doctrine of force majeure, or act of God, according to a filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Guam.

The agreement “specifically limited” ...

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