News 15th June 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 15 June 2020

Detail from April’s superseding indictment…

• Swiss prosecutors are investigating Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter over a US$1 million loan paid from a FIFA account on 13 April 2010 to the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation (TTFF), according to documents seen by the Associated Press. In December of that year, Russia and Qatar were appointed as hosts of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. A superseding indictment unsealed in a Brooklyn Federal Court in April confirmed that Jack Warner received US$5 million in bribes in exchange for votes for Russia as host of the 2018 World Cup. Warner, a former FIFA Vice President, remained as a Special Advisor to the TTFF until he was sanctioned with a lifetime ban from football in 2015.

• The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has dropped its investigation into allegations of match-fixing around Port Talbot’s 5-0 loss to Ryhl on 9 April 2016 due to a lack of evidence. The Football Association of Wales (FAW) announced that it was investigating later that month, and 11 people were arrested by South Wales Police in August. ‘A file of evidence was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service, which was reviewed in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, and the decision was made that there was insufficient evidence to bring criminal charges in this case’, read a statement provided to BBC Wales. ‘Port Talbot Town Football Club welcomes the outcome of the investigation from the Crown Prosecution Service and thanks the authorities for their due diligence in this matter’, read a statement from the club. ‘The impact of the original allegations on the club has been significant and caused a great deal of hardship over the last 5 years as a result. However, we are now keen to move on from this and continue the excellent rebuilding work already in progress at Port Talbot Town Football Club.’

Narinder Batra’s appointment as President of both the international hockey federation (FIH) and as President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is legitimate, decided the FIH. ‘According to the FIH Statutes at the time, there was no requirement for Dr Batra to change his relationship with Hockey India after his election as FIH President in November 2016’, read a statement, dismissing a complaint filed by IOA Vice President Sudhanshu Mittal. ‘He therefore committed no breach of the procedure or the FIH Statutes’. The IOC Ethics Commission dismissed a similar complain filed by Mittal, reports InsideTheGames.

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