Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
• FIFA has stopped funding CONMEBOL and CONCACAF due to corruption allegations against current and former officials, reports Reuters. CONMEBOL is responsible for South America football while CONCACAF covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.
• The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) today ruled that the German legal position regarding sports betting is incompatible with European Union law. “Today proves once again that the State Treaty on Gambling is a violation of European law”, said German sports betting association (DSWV) President Mathias Dahms in a statement. “It is now time for a fundamental reform of gambling regulations of the federal states”. The DSWV has previously warned that delays to the effective regulation of sports betting are pushing customers towards the black market.
• Hockey India is reportedly considering filing civil and criminal defamation suits against MP Kirti Azad, after he made allegations of corruption and financial mismanagement within the sporting body. “HI officials are peeved with Azad’s continuous allegations against the body”, Hockey India told the Economic Times. “It has tarnished our image and has also created a situation where HI is finding it difficult to get sponsors”.
• The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has found Techiman City FC and WA African United guilty of bribery and match fixing, after investigations into their 2015 game played at Damongo Park. Both clubs have been demoted to Division Two. The full GFA decision is available here.
• The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) said that it had been notified that Russian Abdul-Kerim Edilov may have committed an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), after an out-of-competition sample returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF). The UFC was notified of the finding by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which conducts testing for the UFC.
• Racing Australia CEO Peter McGuaran said said that the Federal government should ban in-game betting in an interview with The Australian.
• Former FIFA Vice-President Alfredo Hawit has been released from custody in New York after paying a US$1 million bond, reports AP. Prosecutors allege that he accepted money in connection to the awarding of commercial rights to tournaments such as the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Jim Walden, Managing Partner at Walden, Macht & Haran LLP and Attorney for Dr. Grigory...