24th October 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 24 October 2017

• UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Danish Football Association (DBU) due to its cancellation of the Women’s World Cup qualifying match against Sweden on 20 October. The DBU has been charged with refusal to play under Article 24 of its Competition Regulations, UEFA said in a statement. The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 16 November 2017.

• The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) confirmed that the provisional suspension of nine member federations found to have three or more anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) as a result of retests on Beijing 2008 and London 2012 samples began on Friday. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine will have until 21 days to appeal the decision.

• The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) of the UK Parliament has published a full transcript of the four hours of oral evidence given by Eniola Aluko and Lianne Sanderson on 18 October as part of the body’s ongoing inquiry into the governance of football. Aluko agreed a financial settlement with the FA after she was not selected for the England women’s team after making allegations of bullying and harassment against England team manager Mark Sampson. The transcript includes oral evidence given by the Football Association’s Martin Glenn, Chief Executive; Greg Clarke, Chairman; Dan Ashworth, Technical Director; and Rachel Brace, Human Resources Director.

• The German football association (DFB) has been issued with a €19.2 million tax bill over a €6.7 payment connected to its hosting of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, reports Reuters. The DFB has reportedly said that it will challenge the ruling of the Frankfurt tax office. Swiss authorities searched homes in December last year whilst investigating the payment.

• On Friday, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed that it will publish testing statistics from Russia on a monthly basis. It also published statistics confirming that 2,778 tests had been conducted from 1 January to 15 September this year. A total of 43 sports were tested, and 966 tests have been conducted by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) since it assumed management of its testing programme on 17 July this year.

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