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Sunday 11, Oct 2015

  Chung Mong-joon Facing Suspension Of 19 Years

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FIFA presidential contender Chung Mong-joon has disclosed that FIFA ethics commission is pursuing a 19-year suspension for him. The honorary President said the FIFA ethics commission is pursuing a 19-year suspension also said he would not attend hearing of the commission on the issue. Chung went on to say this whole procedure is a fraud and went on to appeal to the international community for support.

Chung remarked he prides himself on his proactive approach to his duties over 17 years as FIFA vice chairman, including his decision to speak out on corruption within the organization. The honorary President of FIFA ethics commission revealed he is charged with violating six articles from FIFA’s Code of Ethics that he said stemmed from his proposal to launch a Global Football Fund (GFF) and his “support” for South Korea’s 2022 World Cup bid. Chung added ethics committee is not charging him with criminal offense, and it is not charging him with ‘bribery,’ ‘corruption’ or ‘conflict of interest and all that the ethics committee is relying on is that he has not fully ‘cooperated’ or ‘collaborated’ with the investigation and that he had violated ‘confidentiality’ requirements.”

Chung provided copies of two letters signed by former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke that stated that the world governing body of football agreed the integrity of the bidding process had not been affected so the matter was deemed closed and said yet the Ethics Committee has now asked for 15 years of sanction for this.

Chung has been heavily critical of FIFA President Sepp Blatter who is to stand down in February and described the Ethics Committee as Blatter’s “hitman”.

Chung, the scion of Korea’s Hyundai industrial conglomerate, said he will fight the charges and will be vindicated. Chung, a 63-year-old billionaire who previously served as a FIFA vice-president, added there was nothing unusual about Global Football Fund. He added the GFF was perfectly in line with the football development projects that FIFA asked every bidding country to propose as part of their bid requirement and also remarked no money or personal favors were exchanged in relation to GFF and no such charges were made against him.

Chung would be barred from registration as a candidate for the next FIFA presidency, which closes on October 26, if he receives a suspension. Chung described the events as an attempt by an association with an image already tarnished by corruption to “sabotage” his own run for president. Chung announced in an October 6 press conference at the KFA offices in Seoul that the FIFA ethics commission has notified me that it intends to request a suspension of 15 years after its investigation of him sending letters to football officials in different countries during South Korea’s 2010 bid for the 2022 World Cup, with a proposal in them for an ‘international football fund.’ Chung added when he argued that the ethics commission was ‘not independent,’ they tacked on another four years for ‘defamation’ and ‘secrecy violations’ and said they would be banning him from all football-related activities for 19 years.

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Saturday 30, May 2015

  Nike Becomes Suspected Player In FIFA Bribery Scandal

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Nike Becomes Suspected Player In FIFA Bribery Scandal

The U.S. Justice Department has announced that some surprising American names have emerged during an international investigation into bribery, fraud, and corruption at FIFA. It is rumored that the list of these names includes a major U.S. sportswear firm some believe could be Nike and the Miami chairman of a popular nationwide soccer league.

On early Wednesday morning, Swiss officials arrested seven officials from FIFA at their hotel in Zurich after a request was made by the US Department of Justice. Nine soccer officials and five sports executives were indicted while four have already pleaded guilty.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a press conference the investigation into the FIFA bribery scandal uncovered bribery going all the way back to 1991. She remarked they did this over and over, year after year, tournament after tournament. The Swiss Office of the Attorney General has opened its own criminal investigation a few hours after the DOJ-requested arrests of FIFA on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and of money laundering in connection with the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 Football World Cups.

It was disclosed by the Justice Department that more than $150 million in bribes have been fueled by five “unscrupulous” U.S. and South American sports and banking executives to officials atop FIFA. Investigators claim that the five U.S. and South American businesses acted secretly, hatched intricate money laundering schemes, smuggled cash, and wired tens of millions of dollars through offshore accounts from the Cayman Islands to Hong Kong.

It was alleged by the indictment that bribes were paid and pocketed in association with the sponsorship of the Brazilian national soccer team by a major U.S. sportswear company. The indictment revealed that the sportswear firm signed a 10-year, $160 million sponsorship deal with the Brazilian team in 1996. Though investigators have not named the company, the deal value closely matches clothes, shoes, and equipment deal of Nike with the Brazilian team that year. The indictment also alleged that a sportswear-company official agreed three days later to permit Traffic Brazil, a sports marketing company, to charge additional “marketing fees.” The sports Marketing Company then invoiced the company for tens of millions of dollars more in payments over a period of next three years that investigators say were bribes.

The Brazilian sponsorship deal helped dramatically in transformation of Nike, which was previously known primarily for running and basketball shoes, into global sports giant. The soccer revenue of Nike surpassed $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2014, up from $40 million in 1994.

In reaction to the allegations, a Nike representative said in a statement that the company is concerned by the very serious allegations and strongly opposes any form of manipulation or bribery. The statement added Nike is cooperating with the authorities.

Market analysts believe there would have minimal impact on the Big Swoosh even if Nike was implicated. The investors of Nike seemed to shrug off the issue to send stock of the $88 billion giant fell less than 1 percent. Matt Powell, a sports industry analyst for NPD Group, remarked what fans or consumers are going to be much more concerned about is doping of athletes, fixing of matches, that kind of thing and added he thinks they couldn’t care less who paid whom for what marketing deal.

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Saturday 28, Jun 2014

  Luis “Habitual Offender” Suarez Banned

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Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, one of the Premier League’s best strikers, has been suspended from all football-related activity for four months. This decision was announced by FIFA, the world governing body of football, after the Uruguayan footballer who plays as a forward for English Premier League club Liverpool was found guilty of biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

The Mexican referee refused to look at Chiellini’s shoulder despite vigorous objection from the Italian players. After the match, Chiellini told Sky Sports Italia Suarez is a sneak and he gets away with it because FIFA want their stars to play in the World Cup. Chiellini added he did love to see if they have the courage to use video evidence against him and added the referee saw the bite mark too, but he did nothing about it.

Suarez is suspended for nine matches and banned him from any football-related activity for four months besides a fine about $112,000. Suarez will also not be able to enter the stadium for the knockout-round match of Uruguay against Colombia on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, or any soccer stadium during his four-month suspension. He will miss nine English Premier League matches for Liverpool, three each in August, September and October and also could miss one match in the League Cup and three Champions League matches.

Claudio Sulser, who serves as chairman of FIFA‘s Disciplinary Committee, remarked such behavior cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field. Sulser added the Disciplinary Committee took into account all the factors of the case and the degree of Suarez’s guilt in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Code and the decision comes into force as soon it is communicated. FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce, who also presides as head of the organization’s referees committee, said he is seriously disappointed with the actions of Suarez. Boyce remarked he had watched the incident several times on television and added there is no doubt Luis Suarez is a fantastic footballer but, once again, his actions have left him open to severe criticism.

Teammate Diego Lugano said the British media has a vendetta against Suarez, and everyone knows that and added it is obvious the vendetta sells newspapers in England.

The 27-year-old has already been banned twice in his career but those offenses happened in club-level games. Suarez was suspended seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal on the shoulder while playing for Ajax in the Netherlands in 2010. He was suspended for 10 games in 2013 while playing for Liverpool in England for biting Chelsea’s Branislov Ivanovic on the arm. Suarez was also criticized for deliberately handling the ball at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa on the goal-line to deny Ghana a place in the semifinals of the World Cup. Uruguay went on to finish third in the tournament. Suarez was suspended for eight games in 2011 and fined 40,000 pounds by the English Football Association after he made racially abusive remarks toward Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, who was born in Senegal.

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Tuesday 24, Jun 2014

  Costa Rica Complains To FIFA

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The Football federation of Costa Rica has sent a  letter to FIFA, the world governing body of football, and demanded an explanation as to why so many of its players were asked to submit to anti-doping controls after a surprise victory over Italy.

After Friday’s 1-0 win, seven Costa Rica players were tested that angered team officials who remarked it may lead people to believe that the world governing body of football suspects Costa Ricans of doping. Adrian Gutierrez, the president of Costa Rica’s selection committee, remarked we believe in, accept and trust doping controls that FIFA carries out, but we want an explanation as to why so many of the players were called in and added what causes surprise at the world level is that they take seven players in one sitting for anti-doping tests, which gives an image of suspicion that Costa Rican players are doping.

The Costa Rica federation said FIFA remarked eight players were not available for testing before the World Cup when an anti-doping commission of FIFA visited Costa Rica as part of a routine control carried out on national teams competing in Brazil. Two of those players undergo testing after the Uruguay match and the other six were tested after the Italy match and a seventh Costa Rica player was chosen by lottery. FIFA was challenged by Coach Jorge Luis Pinto to test all his players and even himself after the next match of Costa Rica against England on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte. Pinto remarked he is happy that they do these types of tests and added if they want in the next match, they can test all 11 players on the pitch and even me.

A FIFA spokeswoman said that two of the Costa Rica players were called for the post-match anti-doping tests as usual while the remaining five needed to be tested for their so-called biological passports. The spokeswoman added the decision to test the seven was standard procedure and there was nothing suspicious.

Football legend Diego Maradona hit out at FIFA after claiming that seven of Costa Rica’s players were subjected to post-match anti-doping controls. Maradona alleged that doping scrutiny on Costa Rica was due to fears that sponsors would not pay up if bigger teams like Italy failed to get out of the group stage at the World Cup finals. The football legend from Argentina said decision of FIFA amounted to a lack of respect for the rules and said he is not impressed by FIFA’s explanation. Maradona said this is only happening because some people are annoyed Costa Rica, and not the big teams, are going through to the next round, and so the sponsors won’t pay what they’d promised to pay. He went on to remark that it is against the rules as two players from each team are supposed to undergo doping controls.

Costa Rica stunned South American champions Uruguay 3-1 last week and then won 1-0 over four-time champions Italy in Recife to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup.

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Sunday 08, Jun 2014

  Biological Passport For Every World Cup Player Under Preparation By FIFA

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FIFA, the world governing body of football, is on an ambitious mission these days to ensure that every player who participates in the Football World Cup has a drug test and carries a ‘biological passport’.

For the first time, the governing body is planning to use the biological passport that will follow players throughout their career, offering details about urine and blood tests. A team of FIFA doctors and nurses since March this year have been carrying out random urine and blood tests at internationals and team training camps. A few weeks ago, France and Argentina were visited at their camps to prepare for the tournament. Some of the most eminent football stars including Brazilian star Neymar, Italian captain Gianluigi Buffon, and Spain’s Andres Iniesta were among those who provided samples at last year’s Confederations Cup. Over the last 18 months, stars from Chelsea, Barcelona, Santos, and Monterrey were tested during international club competitions.

In a recent interview, Jiri Dvorak, FIFA’s chief medical officer remarked that we can test anybody, anytime, anywhere, any amount of times. Football players can now expect drug testing right from the first matches of the World Cup which starts June 12. Dvorak added there has not been anything alarming so far and said the hematological parameters are normal. FIFA has collected at least two test samples from most players while some players have given as many as four samples. Dvorak went on to add that they understand what we are doing and they consider that kind of examination as part of their professional life.

FIFA tests loom for discrepancies in hemoglobin and red cells that may indicate the use of EPO doping or use of other banned performance enhancing drugs such as anabolic androgenic steroids to improve performance. The world governing body of football also checks hormone levels and steroids in the urine. However, Dvorak acknowledged that the drug testing logistics in Brazil face difficulties. The World Anti-Doping Agency withdrew its accreditation for the only anti-doping laboratory in Brazil last year. FIFA will send urine and blood samples to a laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland, which will add $250,000 (180,000 euros) to the doping clampdown costs.

The primary cause of concern is that there will be a race against time to get samples from far-flung World Cup cities such as Manaus in the Amazon and Fortaleza as blood samples must be analyzed within 36 hours of being drawn. Dvorak remarked there are a few games that are difficult but the majority of the samples will arrive at the laboratory between 24 and 48 hours. The chief medical officer of FIFA said some of the matches are critical, the critical matches we will look at very carefully.

Football has rarely seen declared cases of performance enhancing doping with the biggest doping case coming from Argentina star Diego Maradona who was sent home from the 1994 World Cup after he tested positive for the stimulant ephedrine. According to FIFA.com, the world body’s website, cannabis and cocaine have made up the majority of drug failures in football in recent years.

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Friday 28, Feb 2014

  Partnership Agreement Signed By CIES In Abu Dhabi

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A partnership agreement has been signed by the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD).

This partnership’s objective is to organize the FIFA/CIES Program in sport management in the United Arab Emirates. The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), and Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD) after fruitful discussions signed the partnership agreement with a goal to organize the FIFA/CIES Program in sport management, which will let students from the UAE and the surrounding region, particularly the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, to acquire fundamental tools in the field of sport management such as law, management, communication, sport event management, marketing, sponsorship, and finance. The FIFA/CIES Program will also be offering the opportunity to students to attend conferences given by international experts on various aspects of sport today.

During the press conference on January 30, CIES President Bertrand Reeb said we over more than a decade have observed the emergence of new geographical regions where sport is successfully developed and rolled out. CIES could not ignore this progress and we are very pleased today to be able to implement this important project in Abu Dhabi with two partners who are both prestigious and motivated. Professor Eric Fouache, Vice-Chancellor of PSUAD, the academic partner, remarked that this program in sport management will lend new dynamics to the higher education curriculum; in particular, it will help participating students achieve goals through the five main management functions (planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling). Pr. Fouache also explained that those who become a part of the program will benefit from top-level education and training in sport management.

Professor Eric Fouache also remarked that Sorbonne Abu Dhabi will offer students with a high-level academic program including practical case studies and this program will be featuring a number of guests who will share their experiences.

H.E. Mohamed E. Al Mahmood, Secretary General of the ADSC and project initiator, remarked that we are very proud and honored to partner with CIES and PSUAD. He added in accordance with ADSC objectives, we contribute to developing the sports sector in our country in compliance with the highest international standards. Al Mahmood added we join forces with such esteemed organizations for the purpose of creating, primarily for current and future potential managers of the sports world, a high-level program in sport management in the UAE which will combine the expertise, experience, image and support of prestigious individuals from the academic and sport world. He also said that this agreement is aimed mainly at managers in national governing bodies, clubs, associations, agencies, and industries related to the world of sport in the UAE.

The Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD) is the fifteenth university to join the FIFA/CIES International University Network that already has academic partners in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, and Venezuela. The first edition of the Program organized by the Paris-Sorbonne University will start in September 2014.

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Tuesday 19, Feb 2013

  Fight Against Doping Discussed By Fahey And Blatter

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President John Fahey and the WADA Secretary General David Howman recently met FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, and Chairman of FIFA’s Medical Committee Dr Michel D’Hooghe at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on 14 February 2013, for a courtesy visit.

Fahey wanted to thank FIFA for its progressive and productive collaboration with WADA over the years in the fight against doping and President Blatter reiterated the commitment of FIFA to fight against this serious threat, and its will to continue working hand-in-hand with the World Anti-Doping Agency. One of the highlights of this discussion was the biological profile that is considered by many as one of the best methods for detecting the use of performance enhancing drugs.

FIFA is developing plans to introduce biological profile, including a steroid profile through urine and a blood profile, for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, where in- and out-of-competition tests would be conducted on all participating players. This comes as a new step after a pilot project was initiated in 2011 for capturing the individual steroid profile of players, with in- and out-of-competition tests on the participants at the FIFA Club World Cup. In 2011, 178 out-of-competition tests were conducted on this occasion and 184 tests were conducted in 2012. In addition to this, the world governing body of football is currently developing the hormonal profiling project, a new initiative in collaboration with the WADA-accredited laboratory in Switzerland.

WADA president Fahey said their agency is interested in continuing the work on biological profiles and the World Anti-doping agency is very satisfied with the commitment of the FIFA on these profiles that will be run not only at the FIFA World Cup in 2014 but already at the FIFA Confederations Cup in June this year. Fahey added there is always more which can be done in the fight against doping, but we know FIFA has always been serious in this domain.

The Chairman of FIFA’s Medical Committee Dr Michel D’Hooghe explained that the world football body is directly carrying out in- and out-of-competition tests at its own competitions (FIFA World Cups, including qualifiers). In 2012, 662 urine samples were taken at FIFA’s competitions (FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, FIFA Futsal World Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, Brazil 2014 qualifiers and Men’s and Women’s Olympic Football tournaments. There has been one adverse analytical finding till date at a FIFA World Cup Qualifier in October 2012. D’Hooghe added we will be spending 2.5 million USD in the fight against doping in 2014, the year of the FIFA World Cup and said FIFA was the first international organization for team sport to start with longitudinal profiles and it is our commitment to have all players participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup having biological profiles. FIFA will carry out doping controls at 114 matches and collect a total of 456 samples for the 820 Brazil 2014 qualifiers. Four players are to undergo a doping control and out of those selected, one is drawn for EPO, at these selected matches.

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Wednesday 20, Jun 2012

  Most Under-17 World Cup tested positive

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A majority of the players tested at the Under-17 World Cup in Mexico had traces of clenbuterol in their bodies, according to FIFA that added positive tests were because they ate contaminated meat.

FIFA medical officer Jiri Dvorak termed the results as “highly surprising” but insisted that teenage footballers were not cheating.

“Since day one we knew the players were innocent and we are happy with this result,” Justino Compean, the Mexican Football Federation president.

Monday 18, Jun 2012

  109 of 208 soccer players tested positive

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During the Under-17 FIFA World Cup held in Mexico in July, 109 of 208 soccer players tested positive for clenbuterol, according to a revelation by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Some farmers in Mexico still illegally use clenbuterol for bulking up cattle even though it is abanned substance that can cause an increase in aerobic capacity.

WADA issued a statement asking all athletes in Mexico to “exercise extreme caution with regards to what they eat and where they eat.”

Thursday 19, Jan 2012

  FIFA given anti-corruption roadmap

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World football’s tainted governing body, FIFA, must institute radical changes to help avoid future scandals, according to an eminent anti-corruption expert.

FIFA has been mired in corruption allegations surrounding the appointment of World Cup host countries and Joseph “Sepp” Blatter’s fourth presidential term election.

Mark Pieth, an experienced Swiss anti-corruption expert and recently appointed chairman,  released his initial findings that uncovered a series of weaknesses in the way FIFA is governed that leave the organization open to corruption.

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