15 October 2018

Sports Integrity Briefs – 15 October 2018

• France’s Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has confirmed the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) investigating if Paris Saint Germain’s 3 October 6-1 Champions League victory over Red Star Belgrade was fixed. ‘The case involves people orbiting the Serbian club’, read a statement. An investigation by L’Equipe found that a ‘senior officer’ at the club had placed €5 million on his club losing by five goals. In a statement, Red Star Belgrade rejected the suggestion that anybody connected to the club was involved ‘with the highest dose of anger and disgust’.

• John Coates, President of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS), has told InsideTheGames that draft rules regarding the establishment of a permanent anti-doping division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have been circulated to stakeholders. It is understood that the body will complement the International Testing Agency (ITA), and will take quick decisions with a right to appeal, similar to the process that is set up to adjudicate doping cases during major sporting events, such as the Olympic Games.

Nineteen people have been charged with offences due to investigations into financial fraud in football, the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office of Belgium confirmed on Friday. Nine have been charged and are subject to an arrest warrant; five have been charged and released under conditions; whilst five have been charged and released without conditions. The Public Prosecutor’s Office also confirmed the huge scale of its investigation on Friday.

• A Spanish court has ruled that 211 blood bags connected to the Operación Puerto investigation into blood doping in cycling can be released to the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), reports InsideTheGames. The bags were seized in 2006 from Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes, however were ordered to be destroyed by a Spanish court. Following a successful appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency in May 2013, the bags have been stored in a WADA-accredited Laboratory. Whether the release of the bags will be any use in bringing forward sanctions against athletes is subject to debate, as the Statute of Limitations has passed.

• The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) has announced that Jamie Jones is being investigated due to allegations that he ‘was a party to, or facilitated’ the manipulation of David John’s snooker match against Graeme Dott at the International Championship Qualifiers in Preston on 29 September 2016. The WPBSA announced that John was being investigated in May.

• The Anti-Doping Division (ADD) of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has terminated procedures against Russian bobsleigh athlete Nadezhda Sergeeva, as a result of a settlement agreement between the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) and the athlete, it announced on Friday. The IBSF said that it was satisfied that the athlete had demonstrated that her adverse analytical finding was due to a contaminated supplement given to her by an official, due to the low concentration of trimetazidine in her sample.

• Former South Korean football player Jang Hack-Yong has been arrested for a match-fixing attempt, a K-League official told the Korea Herald. It is understood that Jang met a Lee, an Asan Mugunghwa FC player, and attempted to bribe him to receive a red card during the first 20 minutes of the club’s game against Busan IPark FC in the K-League 2 on 22 September. The K-League official told the newspaper that Lee had approached the police, who had arrested Hack-Yong.

• The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) has sanctioned Osiris Guzmán, President of the Dominican Republic Football Association (FEDOFUTBOL), with a ten year ban. The adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s Ethics Committee found Guzmán guilty of having violated Articles 27 (Bribery), 20 (Offering and accepting gifts or other benefits) and 19 (Conflicts of interest) of the FIFA Code of Ethics. Guzmán was provisionally suspended in June.

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