Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The Bulgarian Olympic Committee (BOK) has said that it will back an official complaint by the Bulgarian Sambo Federation about ‘incorrect and biased’ refereeing during a bronze-medal match involving Martin Ivanov at the Baku 2015 European Olympics. ‘If the appeal is not upheld […] the issue will be brought before the Court of Arbitration for Sport’, read a statement issued today.
• The Swiss Attorney General, Michael Lauber, has said that his office has seized nine Terabytes of data in connection to its investigation into FIFA. ‘Our investigative team obtained evidence concerning 104 banking relations’, read a 17 June statement. ‘Partly in addition to the 104 banking relations already known to the authorities, banks announced 53 suspicious banking relations via the Anti-Money Laundering Framework of Switzerland’.
• A Spanish judge has asked Manchester City and Chelsea to reveal how much they offered for Neymar’s signature, after accepting a lawsuit alleging fraud with regard to the Brazilian’s move to Barcelona in 2013, reports the Evening Standard. Brazilian investment firm DIS, who owned 40 per cent of Neymar’s transfer rights at the time of the deal, has filed a claim against Barcelona, Neymar (pictured) himself, his father, his former club Santos, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell.
• The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced the resignation of Dato’ Alex Soosay as General Secretary. Soosay was suspended last month over allegations that he hid documents from FIFA investigators.
• FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and General Secretary Jerome Valcke have hired US lawyers to represent them, reports Reuters.
• The Japan FA has denied allegations that it paid US$1.5 million to the South American football confederation (CONMEBOL) in exchange for votes in support of its joint bid to host the 2002 FIFA World Cup with Korea, reports Agence France Press.
• Ivorian ex-FIFA Executive Jacques Anouma has told the BBC that he did not accept a US$1.5 million bribe in connection with Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
• The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has reiterated its support for Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. ‘The General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is monitoring with concern the western media tendentious campaigns targeting the state of Qatar, an OIC Member, casting doubt on its right to host the World Cup for football in 2022’, read a statement on the organisation’s internet site, which said that OIC Member States should condemn ‘biased Western media campaigns against the State of Qatar, which question the latter’s eligibility to organise the 2022 World Cup, and some Western media’s insistence on spreading false and prejudiced information aimed at questioning its eligibility to organise the 2022 World Cup, despite Qatar’s bid winning the organisation of the mondial through fair and transparent competition’.
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