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News 15th February 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 15 February 2017

• The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has provisionally suspended Nasir Jamshed from all forms of cricket for violating its anti-corruption code. The suspension was announced on Twitter by Najam Sethi, Chairman of the PCB’s Executive Committee and was retweeted by the PCB. The PCB suspended Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif last week, and confirmed that Mohammad Irfan, Shazaib Hassan and Zulfiqar Babar have also been questioned as part of its ongoing inquiry into into an international syndicate which is believed to be attempting to corrupt the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

• The Latvian Football Federation (LFF) is investigating claims that a first division (Virsliga) Winter Cup game between SK Babite and Lithuanian club FK Suduva Marijampole may have been fixed, reports The Baltic Times. SK Babite lost the match 3:1 after apparently making a number of defensive mistakes. It is understood that the LFF launched its investigation after receiving information from a sports integrity company representing bookmakers. The Winter Cup is a pre-season tournament that normally features eight Virsliga clubs, but this year also includes three from Lithuania and Estonia.

Mark Tainton, Head Coach of Bristol Rugby, has complained about the distraction to his players and the costs involved in defending the club’s reputation, after a Rugby Football Union (RFU) investigation found that tactical information had been passed to a Bristol player by his brother ahead of a crucial match against Sale Sharks. ‘As well as training days lost due to the RFU investigation – where individuals were interviewed at length at the training base – the Club have also incurred legal costs as part of ensuring our interests were protected’, read Tainton’s statement. ‘We were disappointed to be wrongly accused and that the complaint was made public at such an early stage in the process. Bristol Rugby knew at all times that we were innocent of any wrongdoing. We are pleased that this has now been confirmed’.

Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court has acquitted a man accused of acting as an intermediary in a match-fixing ring, reports Swissinfo. It is understood that the prosecution alleged that the man’s role was to encourage footballers to participate in fixing games, however the court said that to prove professional fraud, the prosecution had to prove that the individuals involved were actually harmed by the arrangements.

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