9th September 2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 9 September 2021

Ruslan Valiullin (Русланом Валиуллиным) has reported an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) from a 12 August test, Kazakh Premier League club FC Tolon has announced. Valiullin and Sergei Maliy (Сергея Малого), another FC Tolon player, were tested after the club’s 5-0 loss to Slovak club MŠK Žilina in a UEFA Europa Conference League third round qualifying game. Tolon FC said that Valiullin wasn’t informed about his positive until he received an email from UEFA on 2 September, after he had scored both goals in the Kazakh national team’s 2-2 draw with Ukraine in the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers on 1 September. It is understood that Valiullin was already on his way to Finland when he received the email, but didn’t play in the national team’s subsequent games against Finland and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

• Ice hockey player Jeffrey Füglister has been provisionally suspended since April after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for a prohibited substance. Anti-Doping Switzerland confirmed that proceedings against Füglister are underway. “Jeffrey always communicated very openly and transparently with us on this matter”, said EHC Kloten CEO Pascal Signer in a statement announcing the AAF. “Due to the regulations and until we have a final judgment, Füglister is temporarily suspended. The EHC Kloten clearly distances itself from doping in sport or the use of prohibited substances and is now waiting for the verdict.”

• Two Italian boxers have been sanctioned with four year bans, Italy’s anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) announced. Andrea Pezzino was sanctioned for use/attempted use of a prohibited substance; and his ban will run from 28 June 2019 until 27 June 2023. Moreno Arduini was sanctioned after a sample he gave at the Italian amateur boxing event on 14 February returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for furosemide. His ban will run from 21 April 2021 until 20 April 2025.

• The Spanish sports council (CSD) and the directorate general for the regulation of gambling (DGOJ) have signed an agreement for the DGOJ to use its sports betting alert system to track all sporting events in the country for signs of manipulation. All entities licensed by the DGOJ to offer gambling services in Spain have access to the system, which is managed by the DGOJ.

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