News 27 April 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 27 April 2016

• Croatian state authorities have reportedly charged the former Chairman of Dinamo Zagreb with tax evasion, corruption and bribery. Zdravko Mamic, and his brother Zoran Mamic. are accused of embezzling millions ‘at least HRK117.8 million [€15.5 million]’ and avoiding taxes of ‘at least HRK12.2 million [€1.6 million]’. The Mamic brothers were among 12 people arrested in July 2015 as part of a crackdown on corruption and match-fixing by Croatian state authorities.


Sepp Blatter has reportedly been called by FIFA as a witness in Michel Platini’s appeal against a six-year ban, which is to be heard on Friday. Platini, the suspended President of UEFA, appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after FIFA decided to ban Platini and Blatter over a CHF2 million (€1.8 million) payment from FIFA to Platini in 2011. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Platini has called five witnesses: Frenchman Jacques Lambert, who is President of the Euro 2016 organising committee and had worked with Platini in running the 1998 World Cup in France; the President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) Angel Maria Villar; Lanceau Odile, who worked alongside Platini between 1998 and 2002; and two professors of Swiss law.


• The All England Club (AELTC), which holds the Wimbledon Championships, said in a statement yesterday that it was introducing ‘additional measures’ to reinforce its commitment to integrity in tennis, as well as increasing anti-doping measures for this year’s tournament. The additional integrity measure include more intensive accreditation procedures, additional data security, increased data monitoring, increased education and support. The AELTC also announced that, in addition to the independent Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP) In-Competition testing, it will ‘be implementing additional anti-doping measures’ itself.


Henrietta Rushwaya, the former CEO of the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA), has appeared at Harare Magistrates’ Court, local newspapers have reported. Rushwaya is among a number of current and former ZIFA officials implicated in match-fixing in both domestic and international matches. According to local sources, including The Herald, Rushwaya was arrested on Monday and at the court hearing was released on $100 bail (currency unspecified), and is on remand out of custody until 24th May.


• The Associated Press have reported that Rafael Nadal wrote to the President of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), asking that all of his drug-test results and blood profiled records be made public. According to the news outlet, the ITF confirmed it had received Nadal’s letter, and that Nadal had ‘never failed a test under the TADP and has not been suspended at any time for an anti-doping rule violation’. The ITF added that Nadal already has access to his anti-doping records and was ‘free to make them available’. On Monday, Nadal filed a defamation lawsuit against French politician Roselyne Bachelot after she alleged that he had failed a doping test.


• Further questions over FIFA’s failure to investigate players repeatedly linked to fixing in different countries have been further raised in an article in Australia’s The Age. The article, reporting on the English Football Association’s (FA) suspension of semi-professional footballer Lewis Smith for betting on matches in which he played in for AFC Hornchurch in 2012/13, revealed that Smith had played for Australian club the Southern Stars FC in 2013, leaving just a week before four English players were charged, and later convicted, with match-fixing offences.

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