14th July 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 14 July 2017

• Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said that Russia is “ready to cooperate with the world in the name of the spirit of sport and fair play” in an opening speech at MINEPS VI, which is taking place in Kazan, Russia 13-15 July. Mutko, who is Chairing MINEPS VI, was Russia’s Minister of Sport from 2008 until 2016, during the period when systemic Russian doping was uncovered in Russia by the Independent Person (IP) Reports produced for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) by Richard McLaren. He was implicated in the WADA IP Reports as being involved in the ‘disappearing positive’ methodology used to cover up positive doping tests – in particular, it was alleged that he personally ordered the covering up of a Russian footballer’s positive test. He is also President of the Football Union of Russia (FUR) and Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.

• The substitute goalkeeper for Independiente de Campo Grande, a Paraguayan Primera División club, has tested positive for a prohibited substance, a club official told local radio station ABC Cardinal 730AM. It is understood from media reports that Diego Morel received notice about an adverse analytical finding (AAF) following the club’s game against Cerro Porteno last season, when the club won promotion to the Primera División.

• Former Birkirkara FC goalkeeper Miroslav Kopric has lodged a complaint against his old club at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), reports Malta Today. The complaint alleges that the club forced him to confess to false match-fixing allegations. In December last year, the club denied the allegations made by Kopric.

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