News 20 May 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 20 May 2016

• French professional tennis player Constant Lestienne has had his French Open wildcard revoked after ‘he was placed under a corruption investigation’. According to AFP, organisers of Roland Garros said that Lestienne is under investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) for what the French Tennis Federation (FFT) understood to be a ‘minor breach of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP)’.


• The Football Association of Serbia (FSS) has filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the admission of the Football Federation of Kosovo (FFK) as a member association of UEFA. Soon after UEFA’s decision, the FFK were accepted as FIFA members too. According to Serbian newspaper Politika, the FSS has officially filed a complaint against UEFA, who are arguing, among other things, that football clubs under the auspices of the FSS already play in northern Kosovo and the FFK’s admission will lead to legal uncertainty of the status of these clubs.


UEFA’s Executive Committee has decided that the vote to elect its new President will take place on 14 September. An Extraordinary UEFA Congress will take place in Athens, and will also see the election the European female member of the FIFA Council, a new position introduced earlier this year. Former UEFA President Michel Platini resigned earlier this month after the CAS upheld his suspension from football, albeit for four rather than six years.


• The captain of German football team Eintracht Frankfurt, Marco Russ, has been diagnosed with a ‘heavy tumour disease’ following a positive doping test. In a statement Eintracht Frankfurt, who play in the Bundesliga, said that the German Football Association’s (DFB) Anti-Doping Commission had informed them of a positive doping test that had shown ‘an unusually high amount of the hormone HCG’. Germany’s anti-doping agency (NADA) had reportedly told the club that they suspected the high levels in the sample were ‘due to illness rather than the use of performance-enhancing drugs’. A urologist confirmed the diagnosis shortly afterwards.


• The Organising Committee of the Macau International Marathon has reportedly decided not to disqualify the results of the Kenyan athlete Flomena Chepchirchir, the winner of the 2014 race. According to The Macau Daily Times, Chepchirchir, who won the race during a period in which she was banned from competing by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the Macau Sports Bureau took advice from the IAAF who had advised the organisers ‘not to disqualify the athlete’.


• A Senior Specialist in the Organised Crime team at Europol has said that match-fixing ‘should be given greater priority in the judiciary and police’ in Europe. David Ellero, in an interview with The NL Times, said that, at present, ‘match-fixing is particularly high profit and low risk’ and is misinterpreted by law enforcers as ‘an integrity problem for the sport instead of serious organised crime’.

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