News 19 October 2015

Sports Integrity Briefs – 19 Oct. 2015

2006 FIFA World Cup corruption denial: The President of the German Football Association (DFB), Wolfgang Niersbach, issued a statement on Saturday denying that the 2006 FIFA World Cup had been ‘bought’. On Friday, German newspaper Der Spiegel published an article claiming that it had information that suggested that the German bidding committee had created a ‘slush fund’ in order to win enough votes in their successful bid to host the 2006 World Cup. Niersbach said that he could ‘absolutely rule out categorically’ that there had been a ‘slush fund’ or that any votes had been bought.

Andre Adams latest to testify in Cairns trial: Former New Zealand bowler Andre Adams was the latest in a long line of international cricketers to testify in the perjury trial of former New Zealand captain Chris Cairns. Appearing via video link, Adams reportedly told the court of a conversation between Cairns and a number of cricketers whom he was allegedly trying to recruit into his match-fixing ring. He assured them that it didn’t matter if match-fixing occurred in Indian Cricket League (ICL), because, as a non-sanctioned event, they were powerless to stop it. Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting as well as Elly Riley, the former wife of the convicted match-fixer Lou Vincent’s, is among the witnesses due to be called this week as the trial continues.

Olympic summit supports independent anti-doping testing: The leading representatives of the ‘Olympic Movement’, which included members of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) executive committee, and leaders of international federations and national Olympic committees, met in Switzerland over the weekend to ‘review the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020.’ In the Fourth Olympic Summit, the ‘leaders’ discussed a number of topics on ‘the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement’, which included agreeing that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) should be encouraged to take over the responsibility for independent anti-doping testing on a ‘global’ level.

Pepsi withdraws sponsorship of IPL: PepsiCo has reportedly withdrawn its sponsorship of cricket’s most lucrative domestic tournament, the Indian Premier League (IPL) after just three seasons. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that the Chinese electronics company, Vivo Electronics, will become the tournament’s new title sponsor. According to The Indian Express, PepsiCo withdrew its sponsorship of the IPL in relation ‘to issues that have brought the game into “disrepute”.’ Over the last few years, the IPL has been marred by match-fixing allegations and numerous investigations into corruption by both players and officials.

Indian district cricket association reportedly dissolved: The Times of India has reported that the Agra Cricket Association has been dissolved amid corruption allegations against the association’s secretary. According to the newspaper, the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association has dissolved the local cricket body after documents showed that he had been accused of forging bills to develop cricket pitches and other expenses. A district court will allegedly hear his plea today.

AFC confirms match-fixing arrests: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed that a long-term collaboration between the AFC and the police led to the arrests of five Nepali footballers linked to match-fixing. Last week the Sports Integrity Initiative reported that Nepali police had arrested five former and current international Nepali footballers. The AFC said that the process leading to the arrests began over a year ago after the detection of suspicious betting patterns.

FIFA removes Thailand executive committee: FIFA announced last week that it had removed the entire executive committee of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) from office. It said that was appointing a ‘normalisation committee’ in its place. FIFA said that the move followed the announcement that FAT elections, originally scheduled to take place on 17 October, had been postponed. FAT’s President, Worawi Makudi, was found guilty by a criminal court in Bangkok of forgery during his re-election as President of the FAT.

IPL franchises to be suspended: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that two IPL franchises will be suspended from the tournament for two years. Both Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) will be suspended from the 2016 and 2017 tournaments, for which the BCCI has said it will ‘float tenders and invite bids for two new teams to replace’ the two suspended teams. The announcement follows the verdict of the Lodha Committee, which was set up by the Supreme Court of India to probe into the allegations of betting and spot-fixing during the 2013 IPL tournament. The committee imposed sanctions on India Cements, the owners of the IPL franchise CSK, and Jaipur IPL Ltd., the owners of the Rajasthan Royals franchise, suspending both franchise owners for a period of two years. At the time, the Supreme Court determined that the order passed by the Lodha Committee should be ‘final and binding upon BCCI and the parties concerned.’

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