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British para-cyclist receives three-year ban

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British para-cyclist Erin McBride has been banned from all sport for a period of three years following Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) for the presence and Use of a Prohibited Substance.

Paralympic Track & Field Athlete Desmond Jackson Receives 14-Month Sanction for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

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USADA announced today that an independent arbitrator from the American Arbitration Association (AAA) has concluded the case of Paralympic track and field athlete Desmond Jackson, of Durham, N.C., and determined that Jackson should receive a 20-month sanction for his anti-doping rule violation, which USADA then reduced to 14 months based on Jackson’s substantial assistance. The decision comes after the facts of the case were presented and fully argued at an evidentiary hearing on September 23, 2021.

Mexican tennis player Astorga issued with provisional suspension

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The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) today confirms that Mexican tennis player Mauricio Antonio Astorga Perez Pineda has been provisionally suspended from the sport by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO) Janie Soublière, pending the full consideration of charges against him.

Football Player Receives Sanction

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Sport Integrity Australia acknowledges the decision of the Football Australia Anti-Doping Tribunal to sanction athlete Joseph Lawless for the presence of a metabolite of a prohibited substance and the use of a prohibited substance.

LawInSport Weekly News Recap - 8 October

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Welcome to LawInSport’s weekly News Roundup.  This recap highlights this week’s news pieces from across the world of sport. For further updates, please visit our news section.

We hope you find this useful. If you have any related questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

U.S. Cycling Athlete Matt McWhirter Accepts Sanction for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

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USADA announced today that Matt McWhirter, of Scottsdale, Ariz., an athlete in the sport of cycling, has received a four-year suspension for an anti-doping rule violation.

McWhirter was subject to testing due to his membership in USA Cycling, which maintains the RaceClean Program that works to deter doping in the sport of cycling. The goal of the RaceClean Program is to create a level playing field from the grassroot to elite level of cycling.

Trainer Johnny Farrelly excluded from British racing

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Following a five-day hearing in front of the National Safeguarding Panel (NSP), trainer Johnny Farrelly has today been found in breach of six offences under Regulation 4 and one under Regulation 6 of the BHA Safeguarding Regulations following a referral by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to the National Safeguarding Panel.

Super League: UEFA reaffirms its view that it has always acted in accordance with not only its Statutes and Regulations, but also with EU law, the European Convention on Human Rights and Swiss law

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Following its announcement yesterday on the so-called ‘Super League’ project and the respective compliance measures UEFA has taken, UEFA reaffirms its view that it has always acted in accordance with not only its Statutes and Regulations, but also with EU law, the European Convention on Human Rights and Swiss law in connection with this so-called ‘Super League’ project. UEFA remains confident in - and will continue to defend - its position in all the relevant jurisdictions.

Ntozakhe allowed to resume bowling in international cricket

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that following remedial work and re-assessment, the bowling action of South Africa off-spinner Raisibe Ntozakhe has been found to be legal, and she can resume bowling in international cricket.

German tennis player banned for 12 months

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The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has today confirmed that German tennis player Dario Drebenstedt has been banned from the sport for 12 months and fined $5000 after being found guilty of several breaches of Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP) rules. The offenses all took place at a tournament in Egypt in 2021 and related to an attempt to buy a wild card and attempted corrupt approaches to other players.

Marlon Samuels charged under ICC Anti-Corruption Code

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The International Cricket Council (ICC), on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has charged former West Indies player Marlon Samuels with breaching four counts of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code for Participants of the T10 League (the ‘Code’).

Hungary sanctioned after racist behaviour towards England players

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The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a ban and a substantial fine on the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) in relation to the racist behaviour of numerous supporters during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifying match between Hungary and England on 2 September 2021.

British para-cyclist receives three-year ban

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British para-cyclist Erin McBride has been banned from all sport for a period of three years following Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) for the presence and Use of a Prohibited Substance.

Cyclist receives sanction

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Sport Integrity Australia today acknowledged the decision of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to sanction athlete Patrick Constable for the Presence of a prohibited substance.

The trial against the fan who caused the crash at the Tour de France

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Tomorrow, on the day when the Tour de France 2022 will be officially presented and the rebirth of the Tour de Femmes will be celebrated, a criminal trial will be held in Brest against the spectator who caused a group crash on the first stage of the 2021 edition Brest-Landerneau on 26th June.

FIFA lifts suspension of Chadian Football Association

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After taking note that the Chadian government authorities have reinstated the powers delegated to the Chadian FA (FTFA) and repealed their decision to establish a national committee for the temporary management of football, as well as that the FTFA’s premises are once again under the control of President Moctar Mahamoud, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to lift the suspension of the FTFA with immediate effect.

Athletics Integrity Unit issues charges against Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare in relation to three disciplinary matters

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07 OCTOBER 2021, MONACO: The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has issued charges against Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare in relation to three separate disciplinary matters.

The athlete has been charged with the presence and use of a prohibited substance following the detection of Human Growth Hormone in a sample collected out-of-competition on 19th July in Slovakia and reported to the AIU on 30th July. This matter was publicly announced on 31st July when Ms Okagbare was provisionally suspended. She had been scheduled to participate in the semi-finals of the Toko 2020 women’s 100m that day.

FIFA Football Tribunal set to enter into operation

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  • Body composed of three chambers to become operational on 1 October #

  • New procedural rules for dispute resolution to be applied

  • Procedures to be free of charge if at least one of parties is natural person

  • New FIFA mediation list to be compiled

Joint statement from the IOC, World Athletics and Athletics Integrity Unit

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30 SEPTEMBER 2021, MONACO: Further to the incident involving Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the decision taken by the IOC to cancel and remove the accreditations of the two coaches, Messrs A. Shimak and Y. Maisevich, as a provisional measure during the Games, the IOC and World Athletics have jointly agreed to continue the investigation and to open a formal procedure vis-à-vis the two aforementioned coaches.

Disciplinary proceedings in connection with the so-called ‘Super League’ project have been declared null and void

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UEFA takes note of the letter sent today by the independent UEFA Appeals Body in which the disciplinary proceedings that had been opened against FC Barcelona, Juventus FC and Real Madrid CF for a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework in connection with the so-called ‘Super League’ project have been declared null and void, without any prejudice, as if the proceedings had never been opened.

BHA Disciplinary - William Haggas - Rule (G)2.1, fast-tracked

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£1,000 fine – breach of Rule (G)2.1 of the Rules of Racing in that on 17 July 2019 FIVE DIAMONDS ran in the 4Head Median Auction Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Class 6) at Yarmouth finishing 1st. Following the race the Stewards ordered FIVE DIAMONDS to be post-race tested. On 7 August 2019 it was reported that the post-urine sample returned by FIVE DIAMONDS tested positive for HEPS.

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