22nd August 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 22 August 2019

• The Austrian anti-doping commission (ÖADR) has sanctioned a footballer and a distance runner with four year bans from 21 July 2019 for purchasing prohibited substances on the internet. Footballer Simo Saric was sanctioned (click here to download decision) for use of trenbolone, testosterone enanthate, clomiphene, and tamoxifen. The ÖADR said that he had used the substances after purchasing them on the internet. Distance runner Jürgen Teichtmeister was sanctioned (click here to download decision) for the ordering and preparation of clenbuterol on 28 April 2016.

• The Swedish gambling inspectorate (Spelinspektionen) has fined four bookmakers for accepting bets on U17 matches. Bookmakers with a Swedish licence are prohibited from accepting bets on matches where the majority of players are under 18. ComeOn Sweden Ltd. was fined SEK6 million (€560,000); Hajper Ltd. was fined SEK4.5 million (€420,000); Legolas Invest Ltd. was fined SEK100,000 (€9,300); and Faster Ltd. was fined SEK9.5 million (€880,000). All four bookmakers had accepted bets on U17 international football matches.

• The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint against BetIndex Ltd. for posting an advertisement promoting a gambling application featuring players under the age of 25. The advertisement featured images of several players who could be ‘traded’ within the gambling application, including Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Calum Hudson-Odoi, Kylian Mbappe and Marcus Rashford, all of whom were under 25. Under the The UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising, Sales Promotion and Direct Marketing (CAP Code), nobody who is, or seemed to be, under the age of 25 may be featured playing a significant role in marketing communications for gambling.

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