News 30th November 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 30 November 2016

Mario Paz Dunque has been given a lifetime ban after testing positive for erythropoietin (EPO) at the Red Hook Criterium Milan on 7 October. The series, which began in 2009, uses fixed gear bikes with no brakes. ‘Mario Paz Duque, from Colombia, has tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO) at the Red Hook Criterium (RHC) Milano No.7 on October 1, 2016’, read a statement. ‘The designated in-competition controls were administered by the RHC’s independent anti-doping officials and the tests were carried out by the Sports Medicine Research & Testing Laboratory, a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory. Paz Duque, who finished 38th, is now disqualified from the Milano No.7 results and receives a lifetime ban from the RHC and all Trimble Racing events.’ Under Article 15.08 of the RHC’s rules, ‘any athlete who violates the…Anti-Doping rules will be banned from all future Trimble Racing events’.

• Three former ice hockey players for HC Košice have been sentenced for attempting to influence the outcome of match, reports Korzár Košice. The former junior players were given suspended sentences for attempting to influence the outcome of a HC Kosice vs. HK Mládež Michalovce match, according to the report.

• England’s Football Association (FA) defended its appointment of Sam Allardyce as England manager despite allegations made in a 2006 Panorama documentary in written evidence submitted to the Culture Media and Sport (CMS) Committee as part of its inquiry into The Governance of Football. ‘Sam Allardyce was asked directly about the allegations made against him in the Panorama documentary’ reads the evidence. ‘He gave an assurance that there was nothing for The FA to be concerned about, and indeed he has always maintained the allegations made against him were false…The behavior that led to Sam Allardyce losing his position as England Manager is regrettable, but any suggestion that The FA should have foreseen this outcome based on historic and unproven allegations against Sam Allardyce is in my view unreasonable.’ The FA also defended its new approach to the regulation of agents in football in the written evidence.

• European Sport Ministers met in Budapest yesterday at a conference organised by the Council of Europe under the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport aimed at fighting doping and match-fixing; and promoting good governance in sport. The meeting concluded with a signing ceremony for the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions and the Convention on an integrated safety, security and service approach at football matches and other sports events, as well as a protocol of agreement between the Council of Europe and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). “There will be no progress on match-fixing unless governments agree to, and implement, a common legal framework, allowing justice to operate across borders; no progress on doping unless each and every country, and the big international actors, get behind a clear and consistent division of responsibilities, which reduces the possibility of conflicts of interests; and there will be no progress at all unless national authorities and the sports movement can agree on a single, recognised set of principles to guide governance structures”, said Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni in a speech delivered at the conference.

• The Australian Football League’s (AFL) Appeal Board has dismissed an appeal from Stephen Dank against his lifetime ban for ten breaches of its Anti-Doping Code. Dank’s appeal was dismissed after he failed to produce documents to support his reasons for not attending a 21 November hearing. It is understood that Dank was contesting the finding that he had attempted to traffic CJC-1295 to the Gold Coast Suns. Although the AFL charged sports scientist Dank with attempting to traffic substances to Essendon players, it could not prove that the players were administered the substances during the 2012 season. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) welcomed the decision in a statement.

• Newcastle United player Jack Colback has been fined £25,000 after accepting a charge that he had breached Football Association (FA) rules on betting due to a bet placed on 16 March 2016. As this was not a match day for the club, it is unclear what match the bet was placed on. ‘Jack Colback has been fined £25,000 after he accepted an FA misconduct charge in relation to betting’, read an FA statement. ‘The Newcastle United player breached FA Rule E8 in respect of a bet placed on the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, a football match or competition on 16 March 2016’.

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