News 19th February 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 19 Feb. 2016

• The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has reportedly confirmed that its Referees’ Technical Committee (CTA) had told it that the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s office in Barcelona had ‘concluded’ its investigation into allegations that a referee was pressured into making certain decisions during a match between top-flight sides Real Madrid and Barcelona. According to the news agency Omnisport, the RFEF issued a statement saying that the Prosecutor’s office had ‘proceeded to archive the complaint’ due lack of ‘sufficient evidence’. In October the Sports Integrity Initiative reported that anti-corruption officials had been investigating the allegations.

• Various media outlets are reporting that FIFA’s Ethics Committee will, according to some sources, announce its decision regarding the appeals of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini next week. The Ethics Committee banned Blatter and Platini for eight years in December last year for an irregular transfer; both have appealed their sentences, which have been heard over the last two weeks. According to the magazine FourFourTwo, Blatter said in a French radio interview that he was ‘the first to be disappointed in this corruption case’, while maintaining his innocence.

• The President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has told BT Sport TV that the organisation would pull Kenya out of major international competitions if they have to. Sebastian Coe warned that the IAAF needed to ‘very much more proactive’ in dealing with the ‘relatively few countries’ who cause ‘a disproportionate amount of reputational damage’ to athletics. Last week Kenya was placed on a compliance watch-list by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

• The Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has reportedly said that football’s world governing body, FIFA, is ‘going to need a quantum step’ to reform, warning that it was instead ‘fiddling while football burns’. The Clitheroe Advertiser, a regional English newspaper, reported that Gordon Taylor had said that the ‘future of the game, in terms of good governance, is on very thin ice.’ FIFA will elect its next President on 26 February 2016.

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