26th March 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 26 March 2019

• Federal prosecutors have charged Michael Avenatti with extortion of Nike, charges that the US lawyer denies. In the lawsuit (PDF below), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) alleges that Avenatti threatened to release damaging information about the sportswear manufacturer unless it paid him US$1.5 million.

• The Indonesian football association (PSSI) has said that Joko Driyono remains as Chairman, despite his arrest by police as part of investigations into match-fixing in the country. “In connection with the latest update regarding Joko Driyono, the PSSI respect and fully submit to the legal process being conducted by police”, said Gusti Randa, a member of the PSSI Executive Committee, in a statement. “The PSSI, as an organisation, always respects legal decisions”.

• The FIFA Ethics Committee has sanctioned Kokou Hougnimon Fagla, a Togolese football official and referee, with a life ban, after finding him guilty of accepting bribes to manipulate an international friendly. In a statement, FIFA said that the ban was a result of investigations into various international matches manipulated by Wilson Raj Perumal for betting purposes.

Kyle Borsa, a University sports athlete, has been sanctioned with a 16 month ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for higenamine, announced the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). The full decision (PDF below) reveals that Borsa failed an October 2018 test due to consuming Allmax Impact Igniter, which mentions higenamine on its list of ingredients. Borsa said that he checked his supplements to see if he recognised any prohibited substances, but did not compare them to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Prohibited List.

T.J. Dillashaw has relinquished his Bantamweight title, after being informed by the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) that he has reported an adverse analytical finding (AAF). It is understood from a statement issued by Dillashaw (below) that the AAF occurred after his last fight against Henry Cejudo on 19 January this year.

• A 57 year old cyclist has been sanctioned with a one year ban for taking testosterone medication under the care of a physician. Joseph Baratto’s ban was backdated to the date of his adverse analytical finding (AAF), and will expire on 22 August 2019. However, USADA also announced that all his results from 31 May 2004 would be cancelled, as that was when he began using the testosterone mediation without a relevant Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

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