11th June 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 11 June 2019

• A club Director, a coach and three players have been sanctioned for match-fixing, the Russian football union (RFS) announced. Dmitry Gradilenko (pictured), the Director General of FC Urozhay, was sanctioned with a one year ban for allegedly offering bonuses to FC Chernomorets players to play well in their match against FC Chayka, which was battling FC Urozhay for promotion to Russia’s second division. The head coach of FC Chernomorets, H.J. Dyshekova, was also sanctioned with a one year ban. Three FC Chernomorets players were sanctioned with three year bans. The club announced that a board meeting will be held in the coming days to consider the RFS decision. FC Chayka won the game 3-1 and secured promotion.

Bilikis Abiodun Otunla, who won gold in the -81kg category at this year’s African Weightlifting Championships, has been provisionally suspended, announced the International Weightlifting Federation. The Nigerian returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for metenolone and the metenolone metabolite -1-methylene-5α-androstane-3α-ol-17-one (S1.1 Anabolic agents).

• The Georgian football association (GFF) has sanctioned five FC Wit players with a lifetime ban for match-fixing, and has sanctioned the club with a six point deduction and a 50,000 GEL (€16,200) fine. A GFF statement named the players involved as Giorgi Getiashvili, Paata Ghudushauri, Nodar Kiknavelidze, Nikoloz Maisuradze, and Joni Sherozia. In May, eight current and three former footballers were detained by the State Security Service as part of an investigation into match-fixing in the country’s First and Second Divisions. Six of the eleven were pictured in an undercover video (below) discussing arrangements to bribe footballers to lose by two or more goals.

Oleg Zhestkov, a Russian canoeist who competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics, has been sanctioned with a four year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving erythropoietin (EPO), the International Canoe Federation (ICF) announced. Zhestkov was part of the K4 1000 crew that finished fourth in Rio, and returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) following a test carried out by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in March. RUSADA confirmed that the sanction had been issued by the Russian Canoeing & Kayak Federation.

• The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, has been released without charge following questioning by French authorities, the CAF announced. It is understood that Ahmad was arrested at a Paris hotel last Thursday as part of an inquiry into corruption allegations regarding a contract with sportswear manufacturers relating to the 2018 African Nations Championships. ‘FIFA is unaware of the details surrounding this investigation and is therefore not in a position to make any comment on it specifically’, read a statement. ‘FIFA is asking the French authorities for any information that might be relevant to investigations taking place within its Ethics Committee’. The Confederation of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) labelled the allegations as a character assassination. ‘These attacks, whose stated objective is the removal of the President, become more and more unhealthy for African football’, read a statement.

Real Valladolid has expressed ‘surprise and outrage’ after reports alleged that up to seven football players have been accused of manipulating Valencia’s two goal victory over the club in May 2018, which allowed it to qualify for UEFA’s Champions League. It is understood that both goals were the result of defensive errors. Real Valladolid said that it had initiated an internal investigation into all players that took part in the game, and has initiated disciplinary proceedings against club player Borja Fernández.

• Panama’s anti-corruption prosecutor has raided the offices of the country’s institute of sport (Pandeportes) as part of a corruption investigation, reports the MenaFN news agency. A series of reports by La Prensa alleged irregular management of funds designated to be distributed to the country’s national sporting associations.

• Former Korean speed skating coach Cho Jae-beom has been charged with sexually assaulting and molesting Shim Suk-hee about 30 times between 2014 and 2017, Yonhap news agency reports. Shim, a two-time Olympian with four medals, filed a complaint against Cho over the alleged sexual assaults in December last year.

Manchester City and Chelsea have filed appeals with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against rulings issued by UEFA and FIFA. City has filed an appeal against a decision taken by the Investigatory Chamber (IC) of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) regarding MCFC’s alleged non-compliance with UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations. Chelsea has filed an appeal against a FIFA Appeal Committee decision in which the club was declared liable for violations of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players and banned from registering new players, nationally and internationally, for two entire and consecutive registration periods. 

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