Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has announced that in the first week of October, it will issue its decision regarding Maria Sharapova’s appeal against a 6 June International Tennis Federation (ITF) decision to issue her with a two-year ban, after she tested positive for meldonium in March. Sharapova’s appeal seeks the ban to be either eliminated or reduced.
• The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has ordered that the AFC Champions League quarter-final first leg match between El Jaish (Qatar) and Al Nasr (UAE) be forfeited. ‘The Committee determined that Al Nasr (UAE) violated Article 57.1 of the AFC Disciplinary Code by fielding an ineligible player, Santos Moteiro Junior Wanderley, during a match’, read a statement. Wanderley Santos was provisionally suspended on 2 September after the AFC found that he had been playing using a false passport.
• The FIFA Ethics Committee will allow Michel Platini to address the Extraordinary UEFA Congress in Athens on 14 September, despite him being subject to a four-year ban from football, UEFA confirmed. Platini was banned in December last year for accepting a FIFA payment in 2011 for consultancy work carried out between 1999 and 2002. Critics argue that his decision to accept payment at that time represented a poor choice, given the proximity of a FIFA election he was expected to contest (he withdrew) and the controversial ‘double appointment’ of Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts, and the allegations of bribery that followed.
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