News 30th January 2019

Sports Integrity Briefs – 30 January 2019

FIFA and the Brazilian football confederation (CBF) have reached a new agreement on the 2014 FIFA World Cup Legacy Fund, after payments stalled in 2015 due to investigations into former CBF President Marco Polo del Nero. Despite this, he remained as CBF President until FIFA provisionally suspended him on 15 December 2017. He was sanctioned with a life ban in April last year. This week, FIFA confirmed that US$100 million would be invested in football development and legacy projects in Brazil, including an initial $25 million payment this year. Updated contract monitoring, reporting and compliance measures will ensure that the money is spent as stated in a ‘comprehensive business plan’ submitted by the CBF and approved by FIFA last November.

• The US National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) has unveiled its sports betting policy, which prevents drivers, crew members and officials from betting on races, reports NBC. It is understood that the policy also prevents the disclosure of confidential information that may be useful for betting purposes, and mandates that any illegal activity must be reported. The NASCAR Rule Book is not accessible to the general public.

Victoria Police announced that detectives from its Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit (SIIU) have arrested three men involved in horse racing following raids at properties in Warrnambool and Ballarat ‘in relation to sporting integrity matters including obtain financial advantage by deception, engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome of event or event contingency, use of corrupt conduct information for betting purposes, and attempt to commit indictable offence namely obtain financial advantage by deception’. One of the arrested men is understood to be Darren Weir, trainer of the 2015 Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance, reports The Age. A Racing Victoria statement confirmed the arrests.

• Russian bobsledder Alexey Voyevoda (Алексей Воевода) has been sanctioned with a two year ban by the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF), reports Russian state news agency TASS. In February last year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld that the evidence against Voyevoda (also spelt Voevoda) was sufficient to sanction him with an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), but not to sanction him with a life ban from the Olympic Games, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had sought. The decision disqualified Voyevoda from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, where he took Gold in the two and four man bob alongside Alexander Zubkov. Last week, Zubkov stood down as President of the Russian Bobsled Federation after being sanctioned with a two year ban by the IBSF. 

Chelsea is being investigated by FIFA regarding potential rule breaches regarding over 100 players under the age of 18, reports The Guardian. It is understood that the compliance unit of FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) initiated an investigation over concerns about the number of U18 players that Chelsea had brought to England from other countries. Clubs are not permitted to sign U18 players from other countries unless their parents emigrate for reasons not connected to football, or both the player and club are based within 50km of a national border (impossible, given Chelsea’s location). It is understood that Chelsea contend that over 100 player cases being investigated by the TMS compliance unit involve short term triallists at the club’s Academy who did not go on to sign for them, and the rules do not prevent them bringing over U18 short term triallists. 

• A Muay Thai fighter has been charged with match-fixing, after he turned himself in to police following complaints that he had failed to fight to his full capacity, reports The Nation. It is understood that Ekkarak Chumthong, known as Roi Choeng Sing Mawin, had failed to attack his opponent during the fourth and fifth round. It is reported that a Muay Thai gambler paid Ekkarak to lose the 20 December bout.

• The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has announced two adverse analytical findings (AAFs) involving prohibited substances in horses. The first involves Italian horse Su Rai, which returned an AAF for Ergonovine, and the second involved Saudi Arabian horse Soda, which returned an AAF for boldenone. Details of both cases can be found here.

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