22nd September 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 22 September 2021

• The President and Chief Executive of Ashanti Gold SC, father and son Kwaku and Emmanuel Frimpong, have been issued with three charges relating to match-fixing, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) announced. The duo have both been charged with breaches of the GFA Code of Ethics; its Disciplinary Code; and the GFA Premier League Regulations in relation to a Ghana Premier League match against Inter Allies on 17 July. The GFA said that the pair are expected to present their statements of defence today, and more charges against officials and players would be issued in the future. Ashanti Gold SC is sponsored by Betway, although there is no indication that the Guernsey-based gambling company is involved.

• The Hungarian football association (MLSZ) is considering an appeal against a FIFA Decision to fine it CHF200,000 (€185,000) and order its national team to play its next two home games without spectators, following racist behaviour by supporters during the 2 September game against England. The MLSZ blamed the ‘poor behaviour’ of a ‘small minority’ of supporters, whereas FIFA cited the behaviour of ‘numerous supporters’ as being behind its Decision. ‘The MLSZ still believes that punishing a crowd which creates a good atmosphere in a 60,000 capacity stadium and the organising association, which implements all reasonable measures, is not a fair move, and is instead counterproductive’, read an MLSZ statement. ‘MLSZ is waiting for a detailed justification of the current decision, and in the knowledge of it, it will appeal against the decision in justified cases’.

• A UNESCO Monitoring Group arrived in Moscow yesterday to assess Russia’s implementation of the Council of Europe’s Convention Against Doping in Sport, Russia’s Ministry of Sport announced. The Group is headed by Michael Petrou of the Cyprus national anti-doping organisation (CYADA) and during its three day visit will meet the Ministry of Sport; the Russian Olympic Committee and Paralympic Committee (ROC & RPC); the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA); and sporting federations. “Our country makes a significant contribution to the Council of Europe’s work in priority areas, including cooperation in the field of sports and the fight against doping”, said Oleg Matytsin, Russia’s Minister of Sport, in the MoS statement. “I am sure that the objective results of the monitoring mission of the Council of Europe in Moscow will contribute to the further development of the national anti-doping policy”. Along with France, Germany, Italy and the UK, Russia is one of the major contributors to the Council fo Europe’s €496 million annual budget, providing €33.15 million (6.7%).

• The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will host a webinar for national anti-doping organisations (NADOs) on monitoring and evaluating education programmes on 21 October. To register, click here.

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