11th July 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 11 July 2018

• The Disciplinary Chamber of the Swiss Olympic Committee has sanctioned a 24 year old amateur ice hockey player with a four year ban, after he returned an adverse analytical finding for testosterone on 8 June, Anti-Doping Switzerland announced. The athlete argued that he had not used the substance during the ice hockey season, and was seeking to build muscle.

• The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is appealing to extend Jemimah Sumgong’s ban from four to eight years, reports Xinhua. In November last year, the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) banned the Rio 2016 Marathon winner for four years. As reported by The Sports Integrity Initiative, the 31 October decision detailed evidence that medical documents were faked regarding the Kenyan’s alleged receipt of erythropoietin (EPO) as part of treatment for an ectopic pregnancy.

• A men’s doubles first round match at the Wimbledon tennis championships has been flagged for suspicious betting patterns, Pinnacle Sports told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). It is understood that the online bookmaker alerted the authorities after a number of bets were placed from accounts with a history of wagering on suspicious matches. A suspicious alert doesn’t mean that match manipulation has taken place, just that bookmakers have spotted unusual patterns in the betting markets that merit investigation.

• The Croatian football association (HNS) announced that it has relieved Ognjen Vukojević of his duties as a member of the national team’s coaching staff. Vukojević posted a video on YouTube (below) following Croatia’s victory over Russia in the semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, in which team member Domagoj Vida shouts “Glory to Ukraine!”, and Vukojević adds “This victory is for Dynamo and Ukraine”. In an earlier statement, the HNS argued that the message was intended for friends, as both Vida and Vukojević are former Dynamo Kiev players. It is understood that FIFA has opened a disciplinary procedure.

Elliott Management has taken control of Serie A club AC Milan, after owners Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux failed to repay a loan instalment. The Italian club has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), after the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) sanctioned it with a one year ban from its competitions for breaches of its Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play (CLFFP) Regulations. Elliott Management provided Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux with a €180 million credit agreement to finance its takeover of the club in April 2017, as well as a later €128 million to finance player purchases and pay off debt. In March this year, it offered to extend the credit agreement, provided financial guarantees that the loan could be repaid were provided, reported Reuters. 

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