26th May 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 26 May 2020

• Journalists in Brazil appear to have uncovered evidence of a ‘ghost game‘, where a score is recorded for a football game for betting purposes, despite no players having taken the field. Over R$10 million (€1.7 million) was wagered through 200 overseas betting sites on a 25 March friendly match between Andraus do Paraná and Serrano da Paraíba, reported TV Globo’s Fantástico programme. No evidence exists that the match, between State second division clubs and played whilst Covid-19 lockdown measures were in force, actually took place. The match was advertised by Andraus, however Serrano told journalists that they had not sent any players to compete, despite also advertising the match through a now-deleted social media post. Both State football federations denied any knowledge of the match.

• FIFA has provisionally suspended Yves Jean-Bart, President of the Haitian football federation (FHF), who is being investigated due to allegations of sexual abuse. A statement from the FHF confirming the provisional suspension (below) was signed by Carlo Marcelin, the Secretary General of the FHF. He also signed a 10 March letter, copied to FIFA, asking the country’s National Human Rights Defence Network (RNDDH) to investigate the allegations, which he labelled as ‘disinformation’.

• Two Russian track and field athletes have been sanctioned for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs), the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) announced. Distance runner Vadim Valerevich Ulizov (Вадим Валерьевич Улижов) has been sanctioned with a four year ban until 3 February 2024; and Ellina Kokoeva Rustamovna (Эллина Кокоева Рустамовна) has been sanctioned with a one year ban. Both athletes were sanctioned for ADRVs involving prohibited substances, which were not named in the RusAF statements.

• The international automobile federation (FIA) has set up an ethics and compliance hotline. ‘It is part of the mission of the FIA to safeguard the integrity and reputation of motorsport and automobile mobility worldwide’, read a statement. ‘Our zero-tolerance approach toward misconduct lead us to implement the FIA Ethics and Compliance Hotline. Through the hotline, anyone can now report suspicious behaviour or concerns of misconduct activities regarding: Alleged violations of the FIA ethical principles (these include financial misconduct or other legal, regulatory and ethical breaches); Alleged issues related to sport integrity and/or manipulation of competitions; Alleged violations of the FIA anti-doping regulations.’

• Three Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) officials have resigned, including Vice President Bantwini Matika, after allegations of corruption appeared in the South African media. It was reported that the three are being investigated by the province due to allegations that they falsified invoices relating to R450,000 (€23,500).

Resignation Letters of aforementioned EPRU employees

Posted by Eastern Province Rugby Union on Wednesday, 20 May 2020

• Nigerian powerlifter Esther Oyema has been stripped of a Gold medal won in the -48kg category at the Lagos 2019 International Para Powerlifting Competition, after she was sanctioned with a four year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving 19-norandrosterone. Her ban will expire on 2 May 2023. 

• North Jutland Police have confirmed that in February, it began investigating a case of match-fixing in the Danish Superliga during 2019. A statement outlined that AaB is involved, which the club has confirmed. The investigation is understood to centre around a yellow card received by Jores Okore in extra time during the club’s 18 October 2019 match against Odense Boldklub, reported Ekstra Bladet.

• UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has appointed Sophie Baggaley from Bristol City and marathon runner Hayley Carruthers as members of its Athletes Commission. The UKAD Athletes Commission now features 11 members, including Laura Deas (skeleton); Ali Jawad (powerlifting); Callum Skinner (cycling); and Sarah Winckless (Chair).

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