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 16/11/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 16 November 2018

• France’s professional football league (LFP) held a meeting with the Ministry of Sport on 14 November over allegations that Paris Saint Germain attempted to ‘racially profile’ players when recruiting them. The LFP said that it would send a letter to all professional clubs to remind them of their responsibilities, and...

News 15/11/2018

CAS will not hear RusAF appeal before IAAF Council meeting

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will not hear an appeal by the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) against an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decision not to reinstate its membership before 4 December, when the IAAF Council will next consider whether RusAF should be reinstated. RusAF filed...

Features 15/11/2018

External firm to investigate Scott’s claims of bullying

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has said that an external firm will interview people present at its 20 September Executive Committee meeting to determine whether there is merit to Beckie Scott’s claims that she was “bullied” over her opposition to the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). However,...

News 15/11/2018

Former Czech FA Chairman charged with bribery

Miroslav Pelta, former Chairman of the Czech football association (FACR), has been charged with bribing former Education Minister, Simonu Kratochvílovou, reports Czech Television. It is understood that Pelta denies the charge, which is that he offered Kratochvílovou the use of an apartment in the centre of Prague for free....

Features 14/11/2018

Turning The Alternative into The Reality

“I think WADA are in a crisis”. That’s the message from British Paralympic powerlifter, Ali Jawad, who has come up with The Alternative, a series of recommendations to improve governance at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Jawad is keen to emphasise that athletes signing up to support his plan...

News 13/11/2018

Financial debt main stumbling block for RusAF reinstatement

The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has said that the requirement to compensate the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for all costs relating to its ongoing suspension is the main stumbling block to RusAF’s reinstatement into international competition. At a meeting with the IAAF Task Force on 7-8 November,...

Features 12/11/2018

Fancy Bears emails add further twist to Schwazer case

Lawyers acting for Alex Schwazer have provided emails stolen by Russian hackers to Bolzano prosecutors as an illustration that International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) officials communicated about getting the Cologne Laboratory to support its case against the Italian race walker. Bolzano prosecutors are currently hearing evidence in an...

News 09/11/2018

Sport integrity would benefit from young people’s ideas

Sport would benefit from including young people in its governance structures and incorporating their ideas on how to protect the integrity of sport, heard attendees at Young People’s Perceptions of Sports Integrity, which took place yesterday at Loughborough University. Young people put forward their thoughts, ideas and experiences of...

News 08/11/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 8 November 2018

• Young People’s Perceptions of Sports Integrity will take place at Loughborough University today, an investigation organised by the Loughborough Collaboration for Sports Integrity (CSI). At the event, Loughborough University and College students will meet with academics, policymakers and stakeholders in sport in an open dialogue about how policy...

News 07/11/2018

Swiss appoint Special Prosecutor to investigate Football Leaks claims

A Special Prosecutor has been appointed by the Public Prosecutor for the Swiss canton of Haut-Valais to investigate links between FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Rinaldo Arnold, Senior Prosecutor for Haut-Valais. Reporters working on the Football Leaks project have alleged that Arnold, who is President of FC Brig-Glis, received...

News 07/11/2018

Peru warned over law making FPF subject to national legislation

The Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) has received a letter from FIFA warning that it could be suspended if the Peruvian Congress adopts amendments to a law that would make the FPF subject to national legislation. ‘We have learned that the proposed amendments to the law apparently mandate that in...

News 06/11/2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 6 November 2018

• Weightlifters from New Zealand have been warned that they could be suspended for two years if they attend training clinics run by British weightlifter Sonny Webster, reports InsideTheGames. UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) sanctioned Webster with a four year ban after he refused an offer to cut his ban in...

News 06/11/2018

Rugby player and doorman banned over cocaine positive

A rugby union player and nightclub doorman has been sanctioned with a two year ban by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a metabolite of cocaine. Daniel Matthews, of Bargoed RFC, argued that his AAF was due to biting his nails, after having come...

News 06/11/2018

WADA denies being behind age requirement for Presidential candidates

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has denied that it is behind a requirement for Presidential candidates to be above age of 45, which would exclude its Vice President, Linda Helleland, 41, from standing to replace current President Sir Craig Reedie. Reedie’s mandate is due to expire at the end...

Features 06/11/2018

Football Leaks: clubs allegedly pressured UEFA into Financial Fair Play settlements

Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain pressured the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) into Settlement Agreements that inflated the value of their sponsorship deals so that they were not found in violation of UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play (CLFFP) Regulations, articles published by journalists working on...

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