Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) has confirmed that its Ethics Committee is investigating sexual abuse allegations against Yves-Jean Bart, President of the Haitian Football Federation (HFF). ‘FIFA only learnt about sexual abuse claims concerning Mr Jean-Bart through the article published in The Guardian on 30 April’, wrote a FIFA spokesperson in an email. ‘The very serious allegations published by The Guardian have been handed over to FIFA’s independent Ethics Committee, for it to look into the matter. Please understand we cannot provide further details at this stage.’ Bart denies the allegations.
• Dynamo Kiev and Ukraine national team player Artem Biesiedin has been sanctioned with a one year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving Fonturacetam, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced. Biesiedin returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for the stimulant on 28 November 2019 after Malmö FF’s match against his team, Dynamo Kiev. Fonturacetam is understood to be available in Russia on prescription. Biesiedin’s ban will expire on 19 December 2020, a year after his provisional suspension.
• Markus Mohler, a former public prosecutor, has told the Aargauer Zeitung that the Bern Federal Prosecutor’s Office may be required to open criminal proceedings against FIFA President Gianni Infantino over his meetings with Swiss Prosecutors. Mohler said that prosecutors had grounds to investigate Infantino because he may have benefitted from a decision to terminate investigations into a 2006 television contract that he signed. Mohler said that as Infantino’s meetings with Swiss prosecutors took place in the Canton of Bern, its prosecutors are obliged to investigate under federal law.
• A Michigan judge has dismissed criminal charges alleging that former Michigan State University (MSU) President Lou Anna Simon lied to investigators in 2018, when they attempted to ascertain how much she knew about sexual abuse complaints involving Larry Nassar, reports the Associated Press. Nassar, a former doctor at MSU and USA Gymnastics, was sentenced to between 40 and 175 years in prison in January 2018, after pleading guilty to seven counts of sexual misconduct. However, over 260 survivors have outlined that they were also abused by Nassar. Over US$510 million has been paid out by MSU due to legal claims relating to Nassar’s conduct, reported the Lansing State Journal.
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