Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The FIFA Appeal Committee, chaired by Larry Mussenden (Bermuda), has partially confirmed the decisions taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee regarding Mr Jérôme Valcke, whose ban has been reduced from 12 to ten years, and Mr Chung Mong-joon, whose ban has been reduced from six to five years. Following the hearing of Mr Valcke held in Zurich on 24 June 2016, the FIFA Appeal Committee has partially confirmed the decision taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee on 10 February 2016, which found him guilty of infringing articles 13 (General rules of conduct), 15 (Loyalty), 16 (Confidentiality), 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting), 19 (Conflicts of interest), 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) and 41 (Obligation of the parties to collaborate) of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE).
The FIFA Appeal Committee considered that mitigating factors had not been fully assessed by the adjudicatory chamber with regard to Mr Valcke’s attempt to grant TV and media rights in the Caribbean for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™ to a third party for a fee far below their actual market value. Therefore, the ban imposed by the adjudicatory chamber on Mr Valcke, which entered into force on 10 February 2016, has been reduced from twelve to ten years and the fine of CHF 100,000 has been confirmed.
The FIFA Appeal Committee has also partially confirmed the adjudicatory chamber’s decision of 7 October 2015 concerning Mr Chung, who was found guilty of infringing articles 13, 16, 18, 41 and 42 (General obligation to collaborate) of the FCE. The FIFA Appeal Committee considered that the available evidence was not sufficient to establish a breach of article 16 of the FCE. Consequently, the ban imposed by the adjudicatory chamber on Mr Chung has been reduced from six to five years and the fine reduced from CHF 100,000 to CHF 50,000. As no hearing had been requested by Mr Chung, the decision was taken based on the available case file. The ban imposed on Mr Chung entered into force on 7 October 2015.
• This media release was originally published by the international football confederation (FIFA) on 5 July 2016. To access the original, please click here.
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