Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• Magistrates in Marseilles have put former Olympique de Marseille President under investigation on suspicion of embezzlement, reports Reuters. An official in the French judiciary told the news agency that Jean-Claude Dassier (pictured, left), President of the Ligue 1 club from 2009 until 2011, was put under investigation on Wednesday following six hours of questioning.
• The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned Belgian club FC Seraing with a transfer ban and a CHF150,000 fine for breaches of rules relating to third party ownership of the economic rights to football players, and third part influence. FIFA said that the transfer ban would prevent the club from signing any new players for four consecutive registration periods in a statement issued yesterday.
• Americans will wager US$93 billion on American football through illegal channels this year, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Meanwhile, €1 billion is gambled on every FA Premier League game, Chris Eaton, Executive Director of the International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS) told AFP. Eaton said that the “vast majority” of those bets were placed through the illegal market.
• A new Malaysian football body due to take over management of the top two divisions and cup competition from 2016 will make an effort to tackle match-fixing. Football Malaysia told AFP that it will use betting tracking systems and life bans to crack down on corruption.