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Punishment & redemption: consistency in sanctions for doping & match-fixing

Punishment & redemption: consistency in sanctions for doping & match-fixing
Friday, 16 November 2012 By Kevin Carpenter

It has always seemed to me that doping is viewed as far more heinous than match-fixing by stakeholders in sport, these being the two principal integrity offences in sport. Yet if you look at the general trend for the sanctions metered out for the two, especially for first time offenders, those for match-fixing are far more severe. Is this fair? Does it strike a consistent balance between punishing offenders and the belief that they can redeem themselves through rehabilitation and return to their sport?

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Kevin Carpenter

Kevin Carpenter

Kevin is a advisor and member of the editorial board for LawInSport, having previously acted as editor.

Kevin specialises in integrity, regulatory, governance and disciplinary matters. His expertise and knowledge has led him to be engaged by major private and public bodies, including the IOC, FIFA, the Council of Europe, INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as well as making regular appearances internationally delivering presentations and commenting in the media on sports law issues.

His research and papers are published across a variety of forums, including having a blog on LawInSport.

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