29th May 2020

Sport Integrity Briefs – 29 May 2020

• Three Belgian clubs have filed complaints with Belgium’s competition authorities alleging ‘structural conflicts of interest’ that are damaging Belgian football, according to a statement issued by RE Virton. ‘RE Virton denounces the fact that the same person, Mehdi Bayat, can be CEO of Sporting Charleroi, President of the URBSFA [Belgian football association], a Board member of the Pro League, in addition to being the brother of a dominant agent of Belgian football (evidence indicating that said agent is actually the real decision maker at Sporting Charleroi)’, read the statement from the second division club. ‘The URBSFA licensing rules prohibit an agent from having “significant influence” within a club (the influence of Mogi Bayat being much more than notable)’.

• The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled that Saudi Arabian government has breached international law by backing illegal sports streaming service BeoutQ, reports The Guardian. The findings are understood to be contained in a 130 page Report, due to be published in mid-June, which could cast doubt on plans by the State’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) to take an 80% shareholding in Newcastle United. The Chairman of PIF is Mohammed bin Salman, who is also the State’s Crown Prince.

• The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that it has initiated ‘an independent investigation led by the ICC’s Ethics Officer and supported by global experts’ due to concerns about confidentiality, after reports emerged suggesting that it had cancelled the 2020 T20 World Cup, due to be held in Australia from 18 November to 15 November. It is understood that the event has not been cancelled, but will be discussed at a 10 June board meeting.

Shehan Madushanka has been provisionally suspended after he was arrested by police and found to be in possession of 2.7 grams of heroin, Sri Lanka Cricket announced. Madushanka was arrested alongside another person, and a Magistrate has ordered that he should remain in custody until 2 June. Sri Lanka Cricket said that a full disciplinary investigation has been launched.

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