8th November 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 8 November 2016

• A Spanish judge has ruled that FC Barcelona forward Neymar should face trial for fraud, reports the BBC. The case was reopened by D.I.S. Esportes E Organização De Eventos Ltd., which owned the transfer rights to the Brazilian player, alleges that it did not receive the 40% of the transfer fee it was entitled to during his 2013 move to the Catalan club, as part of the fee was concealed. It is understood that Judge Jose de la Mata was ordered to reopen the case by Spain’s Supreme Court in September. The trial will also involve Brazilian club Santos, as well as FC Barcelona, reported the BBC. It is understood that prosecutors will now have ten days to formalise their request for a full trial.

• The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has dismissed claims from Chris Eaton, Executive Director of Sport Integrity at the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), that the international match-fixing threat has moved from Singapore to Malaysia. ‘It would be more professional for him to present evidence to the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) so that they can investigate eradicating this for the good of football in the country’, read an FAM statement. ‘According to our records, in 2012 Eaton also issued a statement alleging that high-ranking FAM officials are involved in match-fixing. Subsequently, a meeting was held on 5 Match 2012 between him and FAM Secretary General at the time, Dato’ Sri Azzuddin Ahmad. He was asked to present evidence to support his statement, but failed to do so.’

• It is understood that the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s (NCAA) Committee on Competitive Safeguarding and Medical Aspects of Sport will again consider placing meldonium on its prohibited list at its 12-14 December meeting in Los Angeles. ‘The committee declined to create a new banned drug class to include meldonium, banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and will continue to monitor WADA developments’, it decided at its June meeting. As previously reported by The Sports Integrity Initiative, meldonium was added to the WADA’s Prohibited List following research commissioned by US sport.

• Two executives of Korean Baseball Organisation (KBO) club NC Dinos have been suspended, following a police investigation which found that they had concealed evidence of players involved with match-fixing, reports the Korean Times. The KBO confirmed the suspensions, which followed a police investigation in July, on its internet site. It is understood that the NC Dinos players were part of a match-fixing ring involving 21 people, including seven former and current KBO players.

• Spain’s Liga San Miguel, a traditional rowing competition in northern Spain, has announced that none of the 104 doping controls it performed during the season has returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF). The longboat rowing competition, which is run under the auspices of the Asociación Clubes Traineras (ACT), conducted 44 controls in competition and 60 out of competition. The Liga said that 58 controls were standard urine tests, whilst the remainder were specific – of which 30 were for the detection of erythropoiesis stimulating agents (ESAs) and 16 were combined urine and serum dopamine controls of the detection of ESAs and growth hormone stimulating agents (GHSAs). The Liga said that such a pattern of analysis had been specified for rowing competitions by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

• The Australian government has shut down the Norfolk Island Gaming Authority due to concerns that lacking internal controls at the regulatory authority could result in fraud and corruption, it announced on 5 November. The decision was taken by the Minister for Local Government and Territories, based on a report compiled by Centium.

• A local councillor in the Calabria region of Italy is among 41 people arrested on various charges including match-fixing, reports the Business Standard. The suspects are understood to have been arrested on the orders of anti-mafia prosecutors in Reggio, Calabria.

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