News 9th March 2016

Sports Integrity Briefs – 9 Mar. 2016

• In the latest development in the US Department of Justice probe into corruption in football’s world governing body, a FIFA official has reportedly pleaded guilty to money laundering and wire fraud. According to reports, Colombian national Miguel Trujillo, a FIFA match agent and permanent US resident, admitted to conspiring to bribe football officials when arranging matches and media rights.

 

• Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations has reportedly said that the sportswear brand Nike has refused to cooperate with an investigation into allegations of ‘improper diversion from Athletics Kenya of funds received from Nike’, for which three Athletics Kenya officials were suspended last year. Nike executives have reportedly denied any wrongdoing and said that they are cooperating with the investigation.

 

• A series of ‘graft’ charges, the use of authority for personal gain, have been reportedly filed ‘against several officials of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)’. According to The Manila Times, PSC Commissioners Salvador Andrada, Wigberto Clavecilla, Gilian Akiko Thomson-Guevara, Jose Ruiz “Jolly” Gomez and PSC Executive Director Guillermo Iroy failed to grant tax exemption to the Philippine Swimming League (PSL), thereby neglecting their duties under Section 21 of Republic Act 6847.

 

• Germany’s Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof), the country’s highest civil court, has postponed its verdict in an appeal by the International Skating Union (ISU). In January 2015, the Munich Court of Appeal accepted former speedskater Claudia Pechstein’s lawsuit seeking €4.4 million in damages from the ISU for lost income. The Appeals Court ruled that German courts have jurisdiction over and above the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). Despite not failing any anti-doping tests, Pechstein was banned for two years by the ISU based on abnormal blood values, which Pechstein says were due to a genetic anomaly and are unreliable. The verdict is now expected on 7 June.

 

• The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has suspended Executive Committee member and former Zimbabwean international footballer Edzai Kasinauyo for allegedly attempting to fix two African Cup of Nations qualifiers. Kasinauyo was elected to the ZIFA Executive Committee in December 2015. ZIFA said that investigations are on-going.

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