3rd June 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 3 June 2021

• UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has ‘paused’ its proceedings against Dr. Richard Freeman pending the outcome of his High Court appeal against a March Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) Decision to remove him from the Medical Register. The MPTS found the former doctor to British Cycling and Team Sky guilty of ordering Testogel in 2011 which he knew or suspected would be used to improve a British cyclist’s performance, and lying to UKAD investigators about it. Following the conclusion of the MPTS case, UKAD charged Dr. Freeman with Possession of Prohibited Substances and/or Prohibited Methods and Tampering or Attempted Tampering with any part of Doping Control in March, following the conclusion of the MPTS case. ‘A date for the High Court appeal hearing is not known’, read a UKAD statement.

• Italian rugby player Paolo Radosta has been sanctioned with a four year ban expiring on 27 May 2025, Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has announced. Radosta, who played for Saluzzo North West Roosters – formerly a rugby league side – was sanctioned for use or attempted use of a prohibited substance, despite having withdrawn from playing.

• The Maltese football association (MFA) has sanctioned Attard FC with a nine point penalty, a five year ban from international competition, and a €1,000 fine after finding the amateur club guilty of breaching its rules regarding bribery and betting on football matches. ‘In a court ruling, Rudgear Scerri, the former Attard FC Committee Member, was fined €50,000 and given a suspended prison sentence after he admitted to criminal charges related to offences of attempted bribery in a National Amateur League match – Kalkara FC vs Attard FC, played on the 5th December 2020’, read a statement. The club said that it is considering an appeal (see below).

• The Celtic and Rangers B teams will compete in the Scottish Lowlands Football League (SLFL) for one year only, after the majority of clubs in the league approved the plan. The proposals were initially criticised by the East, South, and West of Scotland Football Leagues, which argued that they risked damaging the integrity of the Scottish football pyramid (see right).

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