Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• Darts champion cocaine ban: Former world darts champion, Richie Burnett, has been banned from all sports for 18 months after testing positive for cocaine. UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) confirmed that the Welshman, who won the BDO World Championships in 1995, tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine following in an-competition test in November 2014 at a professional darts competition.
• FIFA Presidential contender unable to lift ban: A Swiss court has reportedly rejected Chung Mong-joon’s request for an injunction against a six-year ban from football. Chung had petitioned for the injunction in order to run for FIFA President, elections for which are to be held on 26 February 2016. According to the AFP, the court rejected Chung’s petition ‘on the grounds that without the reasoned decision, it has no grounds to make a decision.’ ‘FIFA continues to sabotage my candidacy,’ Chung said in a statement.
• Football referee match-fixing suspension: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has provisionally suspended Tajikistani referee Murtazoev Parviz for 30 days for actions related to match-fixing. The AFC said they had written to FIFA to ask for the suspension to be extended worldwide.
• Croatian footballer returns positive ‘B’ sample: Croatian football club Dinamo Zagreb have issued a statement confirming that footballer Arijan Ademi has returned a positive drugs test for a ‘B’ sample. The sample was taken after the Champions League first-round match against Arsenal on 16 September. The club instigated disciplinary proceedings against Ademi on 7 October following the initial positive doping test. The UEFA Disciplinary Commission is to decide on the case at its meeting on 27 October.
• Irish footballer charged with doping violation: The Professional Footballers Association of Ireland (PFAI) have confirmed that they are representing a footballer who has been charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation. The player has waived his right to have the ‘B’ sample tested and that the player, who remains anonymous, will be contesting the charge.
• AFL footballer apologises for white powder video: Professional AFL footballer Jake Carlisle has admitted to making ‘a very poor decision’ after a video of him snorting a line of white powder was uploaded on social media. The Australian sportsman said that he was ‘sorry’ and that the video ‘reveals clearly inappropriate behaviour which I regret but am accountable for.’
Only hours before Carlisle had been traded from AFL team Essendon to cross-town rivals St Kilda. His new club said that it was ‘very clear what Jake is putting his hand up for’ and that he had a ‘long road ahead to earn the trust of his new teammates.’