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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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Monday 11, Aug 2014

  Abnormal Test Findings On High In 2013

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Abnormal Test Findings On High In 2013

According to a report by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the number of abnormal test findings recorded by anti-doping authorities worldwide increased by more than 20 percent last year.

It was revealed that there were 5,962 adverse or atypical test results across all sports in 2013, compared with 4,723 in 2012 while the number of tests carried out rose by only 0.8 percent in the same period. The WADA report revealed that 269,878 samples were analyzed in total across 35 Olympic and 58 non-Olympic sports, compared with 267,645 in 2012 and adverse or atypical findings were returned for 5,962 samples, or in 2.21 percent of cases. It was also disclosed that Olympic sports accounted for 65.4 percent of the tests conducted, but only 57.8 percent of the abnormal results. The report also revealed that football, athletics, and cycling conducted the most tests among Olympic sports but weightlifting and wrestling had the highest rate of adverse findings. It is surprising to note that adverse test results were recorded in sports as diverse as chess, bridge, and boccia.

The increase in abnormal results comes in a year when sports like tennis and football have stepped up their use of biological passport programs, which allows authorities to collect and compare biological data and spot discrepancies over a period of time to suggest possible doping. On the other hand, sports like cycling have tightened their grip on the ‘whereabouts rule’ that requires athletes to offer regular information about their location and possible windows for testing to authorities.

British 800m runner Jenny Meadows still feels drug takers in sport are still able to get away with it. She remarked people are still taking drugs and always will and added the margin of error between coming first and third is so tiny that people will always looks for ways to break that down. Meadows further remarked you look at Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin lining up last week in the 100m and it makes you feel sick because they are still getting sponsorship and prize money and added it is not fair on the rest of us. The British 800m runner also said she does not think the sport is being cleaned up and these figures send out a message of ‘we’ll find you eventually’ but unfortunately there are always sophisticated ways to cheat the system.

Andy Parkinson, chief executive of UK Anti-Doping, says testing is getting more sophisticated in Britain but it remains a major challenge to make sure sport is drug-free. Parkinson added the more sophisticated tests become, the more chance you will have of catching a cheat and said it is a big task to try and stay one step ahead, and also frustrating – but even more frustrating for the clean athletes. Parkinson also remarked elite athletes are under a great deal of pressure and their entourage is under a great deal of pressure and, as in any walk of life, there will always be someone who crosses the line. He also said our approach to serious dopers is that we are very firm and try and get the biggest sanction we can.

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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 13, Sep 2013

  Maradona And Romario Get Together To Take Fight To CONMEBOL

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Argentina’s Diego Maradona and Brazil’s Romario, two of the biggest football icons of South America, have joined hands for denouncing the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) for not doing enough to distribute its funds.

After a meeting of South American clubs in Sao Paulo, Maradona told reporters we have seen, with astonishment and great sadness, that football is for just a few. The former captain of Argentina said it doesn’t belong to the clubs, the supporters or the players and so we are going to form a commission to unmask these people who do so much harm to the game. The legendary football player added it is very serious, but thanks to all of us who are not afraid of those people, we are here so that we can have a more transparent football.

The Argentine football coach as well as a manager and former player also said Brazil are firm favorites to win next year’s FIFA World Cup on home soil. Maradona played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments, including the 1986 tournament, where he captained Argentina and led them to a victory over West Germany in the final. In the same tournament, he won the Golden Ball award as the tournament’s best player. Romario emerged as one of the most prolific strikers in the world and helped the helped the Brazil national team win the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The striker won FIFA World Player of the Year and World Cup Golden Ball in 1994 and was named as one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA’s 100th anniversary celebration.

A few weeks back, Ricardo Teixeira, a shady character in South America football, had moved his residency to Andorra after resigning from his position as head of the Brazilian FA and FIFA’s executive committee in March of last year, citing ill health. Teixeira was serving as chairman of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazilâ„¢ Organising Committee (LOC) and president of the Brazilian Football Association (CBF). The CBF and the LOC have officially confirmed to FIFA that Jose Maria Marin will be the successor of Ricardo Teixeira in those two positions.

Another former FIFA executive committee member, Nicolas Leoz, resigned as CONMEBOL president at the age of 84 in April, also citing ill-health and was replaced by his vice-president, Eugenio Figueredo of Uruguay.

After this, both Teixeira and Leoz were cited by a report by FIFA’s ethics commission as being among those who had taken illicit payments in the infamous ISL case, along with former FIFA president Joao Havelange.

CONMEBOL was described by Romario as worse than the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) that he has frequently criticized in the past. The former Brazilian football player said the situation is much more serious than we imagined and added we have to get more people together — the clubs, the ex-players and the current players have to take the fight to CONMEBOL.” Romario added it is a movement for transparency and dignity in football and we are going to form with this commission and we are going to see what has happened to all this money.

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Thursday 21, Mar 2013

  Spanish Doping Doctor May Shame Football And Other Sports

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The doctor at the center of the massive Operation Puerto blood doping trial has told the court that he would name the clients whose blood has been seized.

Eufemiano Fuentes, who is on trial for allegedly running a doping network in cycling and ran one of sport’s largest blood-doping rings, threatened to name all his former clients. The Spanish doctor made the offer through reporters during Spain’s Operation Puerto trial. Fuentes remarked that if the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Spanish drugs authorities consider that he can be useful and sought his help, he would be willing. He added that this would not be done for a reduced sentence but rather so there is mutual collaboration and also remarked they can have his client list if they want. Till now, only 54 cyclists, including Alberto Contador, Ivan Basso, Jan Ullrich, and Alejandro Valverde, have been personally implicated in the scandal.

Fuentes has admitted to having worked with people in football, tennis, boxing, and athletics and said cycling only comprised 30 percent of his work. This change of heart came as the world governing body of cycling urged the judge to show no leniency. The doctor faces up to two-and-a-half years in jail on public health charges and the five defendants on trial, including the Spanish doctor’s sister, Yolanda, will have one final opportunity to address the court on April 2 before sentencing commences. The defendants have been appearing in court since late January, almost seven years after police seized anabolic steroids, transfusion equipment and blood bags as part of an investigation code-named “Operation Puerto”.

The trial proceedings have attracted international scrutiny and attention as anti-doping authorities are hopeful that it will finally lead to evidence of wrongdoing by athletes in sports other than cycling. Previously, a request by WADA for access to the blood bags was repeatedly denied by the Spanish authorities and the World Anti-Doping Agency awaits the ruling of the judge on their latest petition. Since the current anti-doping legislation of Spain was not in force in 2006 when the police raids took place, the defendants are tried for violating public health regulations with the prosecutor asking for jail sentences of two years.

In the past, German cyclist Joerg Jaksche told the Operation Puerto trial that the treatment he received from the Spanish doctor was designed to beat doping controls and had nothing to do with genuine health issues. Italian rider Ivan Basso, a double Giro d’Italia champion, told the court that he had blood extracted on three occasions at the clinic of another doctor implicated in the case but never had any reinjected. Spanish cyclist Angel Vicioso told the judge he had only met with Eufemiano Fuentes for sporadic medical consultations. Former cyclist Marcos Serrano contradicted testimony from former team director Manolo Saiz, one of the five defendants along with Fuentes, by saying he never personally sought out medical treatment from the disgraced Spanish doctor. Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador who was originally scheduled to appear as a witness was told he would not be required to appear in court after Manolo Saiz’s attorney renounced the witness statement he had requested from the cyclist.

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Wednesday 06, Mar 2013

  Increasing Drug Penalties Possible In Baseball

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Baseball union head Michael Weiner has announced that there have been talks about increasing the penalties for violating the drug testing program of baseball.

Weiner said baseball already has the toughest penalties of any team sport and a ban of fifty games is more than one can see for the first time in hockey, basketball, and football. The baseball chief also said many players have expressed their desire to increase the penalties for sport cheaters and that may happen in 2014. However, any changes to the drug program must get the approval of both Major League Baseball and the players’ union.

The 51-year-old Weiner succeeded Donald Fehr as union head in 2009 and announced in August he is being treated for a brain tumor.

The Baseball union head added that one area where increased attention helped encourage change was in testing for human growth hormone and remarked that the players approved this change to improve the possibility of detection for the use of HGH and the players at this point have very little patience for players that are trying to cheat the system, and understand that year around HGH testing is an important component. Testing for human growth hormone began last year but was limited to spring training. Weiner also added that he will have discussions with the players who were named in a report by The Miami New Times as having allegedly purchased performance-enhancing drugs from a defunct Florida anti-aging clinic.

He, however, said reporters should refrain from jumping to conclusions about media reports linking players to the clinic accused of distributing banned performance enhancing drugs and said Major League Baseball is still investigating Biogenesis of America, the defunct anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Florida. Meanwhile, Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez says tests for performance enhancing drugs that he provided have come back negative. He and other players were listed in a Miami New Times report as receiving performance-enhancing drugs in purported records of Biogenesis of America. Gonzalez said in a brief statement he expected the negative results and reiterated he has never taken any performance enhancing drugs.

Weiner also discussed the agreement with management last month to extend blood testing for human growth hormone into the regular season and the World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory in Laval, Quebec, as part of the change to the joint drug agreement will keep records of each player, including his baseline ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone. He also went on to remark that players understand it is important to have the strongest program possible, and given both the testosterone changes and the HGH changes, they are very much for it.

In a statement, Rob Manfred, baseball’s executive vice president for economics and league affairs, said one of the strengths of baseball’s Joint Drug Testing Program is that the bargaining parties have an ongoing dialogue about the program and potential changes that can make it even more effective. Manfred remarked that we are looking forward to discussions with the Major League Baseball Player Association about changes that may be needed to respond to recent developments.

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Saturday 16, Feb 2013

  Football Not Doing Enough To Fight Against Doping, Says WADA Chief

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Football Not Doing Enough To Fight Against Doping, Says WADA Chief

Speaking at the WADA Media Symposium in London, the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency said football authorities are still not doing enough testing for the banned blood booster EPO.

John Fahey said football should make more efforts in its fight against doping and his organization would be on hand to support that cause. He added that football authorities are not testing enough for Erythropoietin and WADA encourage them to do more and they should also be using intelligence and not just more tests to prevent doping in football.

The WADA president expressed his dismay at the refusal of the sport to adopt the Athlete’s biological passport as part of its weaponry in the fight against doping and went on to question the effectiveness of the current protocols of the game. He continued that more tests are a good deterrent factor and could be an effective way to catch but argues that the Athlete`s Biological Passport is a very effective tool and adding that would make them more effective.

A few days, former Real Sociedad president Inaki Badiola claimed the Spanish club made payments for banned substances between 2001-2007 although this has been denied.

The director-general of Wada, David Howman, cited the example of Major League Baseball for football to follow. The MB conducts more tests than many national anti-doping agencies and baseball players are subjected to four substance tests every year. On the other hand, top-level footballers and other players of team sports can go an entire career without encountering a single blood test.

Last month, the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung claimed that the Bundesliga could not afford blood testing for its players despite annual turnover topping €2 billion last year. Fahey remarked that he can understand that anti-doping tests cost money and some sports have the capacity to pay much easier than other sports and he can only encourage all of them to see why this must be a priority to ensure the integrity of their game.

The president of the world anti-doping agency also emphasized the importance of non-analytical evidence in the global doping fight and said high-profile cases involving Marion Jones and Lance Armstrong were not primarily dependent on blood and urine analysis but on testimonies and investigations. He said we are not in the business of reacting to rumor and nor is any other anti-doping agency and one has to be obviously careful with the information received. Fahey also remarked that WADA gets anonymous information frequently at its headquarters on a daily basis and it ensures that the appropriate body is given that information to follow up, and one has to act on facts. The WADA chief some senior tennis players have remarked they were not tested terribly on a regular basis and tennis and football can do more.

Fahey’s mandatory maximum six-year term as the president of WADA ends this year and the former premier of New South Wales who also played a key role in Sydney’s successful bid for the 2000 Olympic Games says he had no intention of returning to front-line Australian politics.

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Tuesday 12, Feb 2013

  Six Australian Rugby League Clubs Under Investigation

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Six Australian Rugby League Clubs Under Investigation

Anti-doping officials have met with six top-flight Australian rugby league clubs that were named in a national probe into the use of banned performance enhancing drugs that sent shockwaves across the country.

On Tuesday, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) briefed National Rugby League (NRL) clubs Manly, Cronulla, Newcastle, Penrith, North Queensland, and Canberra on their investigation process after the clubs confirmed they were under scrutiny in the wake of a recently-released report.

The report, which is the result of a year-long investigation of Australia’s top criminal intelligence unit, had already implicated two teams of Australian Rules footba

ll to rock the sports-mad country.

The NRL said ASADA met with the affected NRL clubs as a group and individually and a brave face was put by senior officials at the teams. Manly CEO David Perry said we need to c

lean the game up if it is bigger than we think but expressed hopes that all is probably fine. Penrith boss Phil Gould, who slammed the report that didn’t provide details of affected clubs and players, said he understood it would be a drawn-out process. Canberra Raiders chief Don Furner remarked that we fully support any investigations by the NRL or the ACC in relations to these matters while Newcastle Knights chief executive Matt Gidley said his club will cooperate with any official inquiry and it maintains full confidence under the management of (coach) Wayne Bennett. North

Queensland Cowboys chief executive Peter Jourdain said the team has been mentioned in the report but they have no information on the context and they will not make any further public comment until a briefing is received by them though they strongly support the investigation.

The call from ARL Commission chief executive David Smith to Cowboys management came as a surprise to them as they said earlier in the day that they understood they were not one of the clubs to be named by the ACC. The ARL Commission chief executive said the league had no authority to confirm the number of players referred to in the report and added that the information that has been passed on to the clubs is simply that they have been referred to within the report. Meanwhile, the NRL has committed to establishing a fully resourced integrity unit and appointed a former federal court judge to assist in its investigations in the wake of the explosive report.

Ten other NRL clubs all confirmed they were not mentioned in the report. Meanwhile, authorities from cricket, football, and rugby union remarked they are not under investigation.

The meeting came after Australia’s sports minister, Kate Lundy, warned the country is facing a grim fight to stamp out doping, which the top criminal intelligence unit of Australia said was fueled by organized crime.

World Anti-Doping Agency chief John Fahey said he did not understand why the government released the report in such a broadbrush way and added that he didn’t understand the motive behind that or the strategy though he said there may be a good reason but that is unknown to him at this stage.

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