Andy Brown

Andy has been writing about the governance of sport for over 15 years. Prior to working on the Sports Integrity Initiative, he was the editor of World Sports Law Report for eight years. He has also worked for the Press Association and has written for numerous trade magazines. He has also created, chaired and spoken at numerous conferences on the business of sport, and produced the Sports Law Show for iSportConnect TV.

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News 26/05/2017

Sorokin to replace Mutko in Russian re-shuffle on FIFA Council

Alexy Sorokin is to replace Vitaly Mutko on the 38-person FIFA Council, after he was the only candidature UEFA received for the post. Sorokin is CEO of the Local Organising Committee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, whose Chairman (Mutko) failed a FIFA eligibility post due to his...

Features 26/05/2017

Sport’s longest injustice scheduled for demolition

In a small room within the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario on 24 May, Canadian cyclist Kristen Worley began the process of correcting what could be the biggest and longest-running injustice in sport. In its attempt to fit all athletes into ‘male’ and ‘female’ categories, sport has for the...

News 24/05/2017

Australia considers National Integrity Tribunal for sport

Australian Minister for Sport Greg Hunt has discussed the idea of a National Integrity Tribunal with sports governing bodies, which he said could avoid the arguments about conflict of interest that have dogged Australian sport over the handling of the Essendon supplements saga. “I believe that the notion of sports sitting...

News 24/05/2017

Spanish arrests after investigation into Brazilian football money laundering

Spanish police have arrested a number of people that they suspect are part of a criminal organisation involved in laundering money through illicit commissions from the sale of the audiovisual rights to Brazil’s national football team. The arrests were made by the Economic and Fiscal Crime Unit (UDEF) of...

News 24/05/2017

Spanish police dismantle new sports doping ring

Spanish police have dismantled an organised group producing fake medicines designed to promote muscle development that were distributed in gyms. Five members of a criminal organisation were arrested in Murcia and Alicante, following evidence that Chinese expertise was used to construct a laboratory in Murcia that was being used...

News 23/05/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 23 May 2017

• Two players have been ruled out of the 2017 Vodafone Fiji FA Cup tournament after they reported an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a prohibited substance. It is understood that the players tested positive after the 12 May Labasa v. Dreketi match, but will be allowed to take...

News 23/05/2017

Vijay Singh’s deer antler case to proceed to trial

Vijay Singh’s lawsuit against golf’s anti-doping policies will proceed to trial, after the New York Supreme Court dismissed Singh’s request for summary judgment against the PGA Tour, which the Fijian argues is guilty of ‘reckless administration and implementation of its Anti-Doping Programme’. Singh was suspended by the PGA Tour...

News 22/05/2017

Italy’s supreme court reduces match-fixing bans

Italy’s Corte Suprema di Cassazione has reduced a ban issued to two Italian footballers and a Serie B club for their alleged complicity in attempting to fix two games. Francesco Millesi was initially banned for five years and Armando Izzo was sanctioned with an 18-month ban, whilst both players...

News 19/05/2017

Russia faces race against time ahead of Pyeongchang 2018

Russia faces a race against time to ensure that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code, otherwise it could face exclusion from the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Under plans outlined at its Foundation Board meeting yesterday, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) would be able...

News 18/05/2017

Four weightlifters return adverse analytical findings

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has provisionally suspended four weightlifters after they returned adverse analytical findings (AAFs). ‘The IWF reports that the sample of Mr. SPAC, Alexandr (MDA) has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (S1.1 Anabolic Agents)’, read an IWF statement. ‘As a consequence, the Athlete is...

News 18/05/2017

Bodybuilder speaks out against steroid use

A video by a young bodybuilder about why he has stopped using steroids has become a minor internet hit, having been viewed almost 10,000 times since being posted on 13 May. In the video (warning – swearing), Elias Egholm admits that he used steroids from August 2016 but has...

News 18/05/2017

Swedish FA postpone game after match-fixing attempt

The Swedish football association (SvFF) has postponed this evening’s match between Gothenburg and AIK after a player was approached by a match-fixer who offered him a large sum of money. ‘The AIK player was called to a meeting at which he was offered a substantial amount in compensation –...

News 18/05/2017

Independent testing & RUSADA reinstatement on WADA’s agenda

The creation of an Independent Testing Authority (ITA) and whether the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is ready for compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code will be key topics at the Foundation Board meeting of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal today. A report on the feasibility of establishing...

News 17/05/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 17 May 2017

• The Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC) said that cycling has reported four doping cases from the start of the year until the end of March – six times less that the 26 reported involving athletics and one less than the five football cases. The MPCC said that weightlifting...

News 16/05/2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 16 May 2017

• The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has banned Greek player Konstantinos Miko for life, after he was found guilty of four offences under the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP). ‘Evidence obtained by a Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) investigation confirmed that in November 2013 he made a corrupt approach to another...

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