News 15th February 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 15 February 2018

• Italy’s national anti-doping tribunal (TNA) has provisionally suspended Marzio Adriano Galimberti, after the rugby union player returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for metabolites of cocaine and MDMA (ecstasy). Galimberti plays for Serie B club Cus Milano. Pietro Beretta, another rugby union player, has also been provisionally suspended after returning an AAF for a metabolite of THC (cannabis). Footballer Paolo Scienza has been sanctioned with a six month ban expiring on 7 June 2018. It is understood that Scienza, who plays for Italian lower league team Stresa Sportiva, also tested positive for a metabolite of THC.

• Spanish prosecutors have reopened a 2011 investigation into allegations that Spanish clubs Levante and Real Zaragoza fixed a game in order that Zaragoza would avoid relegation from the 2010/11 Primera División, reports Marca. The newspaper reports that up to nine players, including Manchester United player Ander Herrera, River Plate’s Leonardo Ponzio and club coaches are accused of receiving payments from a €965,000 kitty. It is understood to be alleged that Levante, which was safe from relegation with 45 points, sold Zaragoza the game.

• Former football coach Barry Bennell has been found guilty of multiple sexual offences against boys in the 1980s, reports the BBC. Liverpool Crown Court convicted Bennell of 36 charges against 10 boys, and it is understood that the jury has yet to deliberate on further charges.

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