5th May 2020

Sports Integrity Briefs – 5 May 2020

• England footballer Kieran Trippier has been charged with breaches of the Betting Rules of England’s Football Association, it was announced on 1 May. Trippier has been charged with breaches of Rule E8(1)(a), which prohibits betting; and Rule E8(1)(b), which prohibits provision of inside information for betting purposes. The FA’s list of April charges reveal that such an offence is not uncommon. Sam Crabb of Eastbourne United AFC was charged with placing 1,156 bets between 6 August 2014 and 12 February last year; unregistered player Aaron Hopkinson was charged with placing 209 bets between 9 August 2014 and 30 April 2016; Anthony Court, a Security Officer with Brighton & Hove Albion FC, was charged with placing 115 bets between 9 December 2017 and 26 October 2019; and Gareth Bull, Chairman of Sherwood Colliery FC was charged with placing six bets between 20 October 2016 and 1 November 2019.

Sun Yang has filed an appeal against an eight year ban with the Swiss Federal Tribunal, reports The Australian. Sun announced his intention to appeal in March, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld an appeal from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against an international swimming federation (FINA) Decision to acquit him of committing an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV). Sun was sanctioned with an eight year ban from 28 February 2020, after the CAS ruled that he directed officials to prevent blood collection from being completed, after expressing concerns that officials involved in the testing mission did not hold the correct documentation. It is understood that under Chinese legislation, full authorisation is required in order to take blood samples. The World Anti-Doping Code only requires a general letter from the anti-doping organisation (ADO) concerned authorising officials to take blood samples.

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