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WADA apologizes and compensates former Liverpool player, Sakho over doping test

Mamadou Sakho receives an apology and substantial damages from the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) over drug claims.

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In April 2016, former Liverpool player, Mamadou Sakho, was suspended from football after he failed a drug test after a Europa League game against Manchester United.

The French defender tested positive for fat-burner Higenamine, which was not on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list of banned substances. He was given a provisional 30 days suspension which saw him miss out on Liverpool’s Europa League Final defeat to Sevilla and, he claims the suspension also cost him a team place with the French team at the Euro 2016 tournament.

However, the ban was overturned by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), when it found out that the fat-burner, Higenamine was not on WADA’s list of banned substances. There was no certainty whether it was on the list or not. The UEFA tribunal said there were “significant doubts” whether Higenamine is on WADA’s banned list and said there had been a “clear lack of communication” from WADA about its status. UEFA went on to dismiss the case in July 2016.

In July 2019, Mamadou Sakho sued WADA for £13million, claiming the drug test blunder ended his career at Liverpool.

The French man never recovered his first-team place at Liverpool following the drug test error and later on, he was sold to Crystal Palace for £26m in 2017. It also cost him a place in the French national team. His lawyer claimed that the drug test error tarnished the player’s image too.

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Three years later, WADA accepted Sakho’s case in full and apologized for making such defamatory allegations following Sakho’s successful appeal.

WADA released in a statement: “WADA retracts and apologizes for the defamatory allegations made in the First Press Statement and the Second Press Statement.

“WADA accepts that it should not have made the defamatory allegations it did in the First Press Statement and the Second Press Statement given that Mr. Sakho had been acquitted by UEFA.

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“WADA accepts that Mr. Sakho did not breach the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations, did not cheat, had no intention of gaining any advantage, and acted in good faith.

“WADA regrets the damage the defamatory allegations caused to Mr. Sakho’s reputation and the distress, hurt and embarrassment caused to him. To indicate the sincerity of this apology, WADA has agreed with its insurers to pay Mr. Sakho a substantial sum of damages. WADA has also agreed to bear Mr. Sakho’s reasonable costs.”

The settlement brings to an end a four-year period in which Sakho sought to clear his name after allegedly testing positive

The French player published a statement on his Twitter page yesterday saying the case between him and WADA is closed. “An agreed statement in open court has been read out and my dispute with WADA is closed.

“I am pleased with WADA’s acceptance that I did not breach the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations, did not cheat, had no intention of gaining any advantage, and acted in good faith,” He added.

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He also said that WADA has agreed to pay him a substantial sum in damages. “I am also pleased that WADA has apologized to me and agreed to pay a substantial sum in damages.”

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Diego Armando Maradona is dead

Argentine football star, Diego Armando Maradona is dead.

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Argentine football star, Diego Armando Maradona is dead.

This was disclosed by the Premier League via its Twitter handle on Wednesday evening.

It tweeted, “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of footballing great, Diego Maradona, an extraordinarily gifted footballer who transcended the sport.

“Our thoughts and sincere condolences to Diego’s family, friends and those who knew him.”

He reportedly died of a heart attack on Wednesday at his home in the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

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Maradona, 60, had recently battled health issues and underwent emergency surgery for a subdural haematoma several weeks ago.

 

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Premier League football fans set to resume stadiums on December 2nd

British Prime Minister says football fans will be permitted to resume stadiums when the national lockdown ends on December 2.

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Premier League football fans set to resume stadiums on December 2nd, UK: Premier League, other Elite Sports to continue amid lockdown, Boris Johnson, United Kingdom, US, China and UK’s protectionism ambition to affect Nigeria’s export, FDI, UK Prime Minister diagnosed of Coronavirus

After several failed attempts and trials to get sports spectators and fans into the stadium, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has finally announced yesterday in a virtual statement that fans will be able to return to football stadiums as from December 2nd.

Premier League and football league matches have been played behind closed doors since the outbreak of the virus in March.

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Spectators were scheduled to return to stadiums from 1st October, but the sudden increase of infections in Europe led to the UK’s second major lockdown which was put in place on November 5.

The results of matches being played behind closed doors led to a major hit in the matchday revenues, which makes up a big part in the overall revenue of the clubs in England. This had a major impact on the revenues’ of clubs where they were hit with big debts.

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In tiers 1 and 2, spectators of sports and business events would be free to resume inside and outside with capacity limits and social distancing,” Johnson announced in a virtual statement.

READ: EPL clubs to be fined £37 million each over suspension of matches

However, the Prime Minister did not confirm the capacity limits or percentages of the fans to be allowed, but the UK Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, later outlined on Twitter that 4,000 spectators or 50% capacity limits, whichever is the lowest would be placed in tier-1, dropping to 2,000 or 50 per cent for indoor venues, while in tier-2, it will be 2,000 outdoors and 1,000 indoors, or 50 per cent capacity.

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The Premier League welcomed this development and released a statement saying: “Fans have been greatly missed at Premier League matches and therefore we welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement today regarding the return of supporters for the first time since March, albeit at small numbers.

READ: Football: Manchester United net debt rises by 133% to £474.1million

Our ambition remains to work with Government to increase attendance to more substantial levels. Until this can be done, many fans will be unable to attend games and our clubs will continue to operate matches at a financial loss.

“Premier League clubs have a proven track record of achieving high-biosecurity standards and we believe we can play a significant role in the Government’s rapid turnaround testing initiative.”

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“We look forward to working with Government on their next steps.”

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However, news reaching us this evening is that Premier League fans will NOT be allowed to sing, shout or drink alcohol when they can finally return to the stadiums. It is not confirmed yet, but we will keep you updated.

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CAF President banned for 5 years for breaching FIFA Code of Ethics

CAF President has been sanctioned with a 5 years ban after being found guilty of breaching FIFA Code of Ethics.

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Mr. Ahmad Ahmad, the President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), African’s football governing body, has been sanctioned with a 5 years ban from all “football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level” after being found guilty of breaching FIFA Code of Ethics by the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee.

The 60-year-old Malagasy assumed office as the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on 16th March, 2017.

His position also makes him a FIFA Vice President. Since his assumption of office, his four-year term has been clouded with allegations of financial wrongdoing and misconduct.

Mr. Ahmad was found guilty by the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee of having breached art. 15 (Duty of loyalty), art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts or other benefits), and art. 25 (Abuse of position) of the 2020 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics, as well as art. 28 (Misappropriation of funds) of the 2018 edition. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 200,000 (#83,754,093.14) was imposed on him.

However, Ahmad can appeal his sanction at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) once he has received the full grounds for the decision, a process that can take up to 60 days.

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Fifa released the following statement on the matter today:

The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Ahmad Ahmad, the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and a FIFA Vice-President, guilty of having breached art. 15 (Duty of loyalty), art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts or other benefits) and art. 25 (Abuse of position) of the 2020 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics, as well as art. 28 (Misappropriation of funds) of the 2018 edition.”

“The investigation into Mr. Ahmad’s conduct in his position as CAF President during the period from 2017 to 2019 concerned various CAF related governance issues, including the organization and financing of an Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca, his involvement in CAF’s dealings with the sports equipment company Tactical Steel and other activities.”

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“In its decision, following an extensive hearing, the adjudicatory chamber ruled that, based on information gathered by the investigatory chamber, Mr. Ahmad had breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as the CAF President, pursuant to the FIFA Code of Ethics.”

“Consequently, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr. Ahmad had breached arts 15, 20 and 25 of the current edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics, as well as art. 28 of the 2018 edition, and sanctioned him with a ban from all football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level for five years. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 200,000 has been imposed on Mr. Ahmad.”

“The terms of the decision were notified to Mr. Ahmad today, the date on which the ban comes into force. In accordance with art. 78 par. 2 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, the full, motivated decision will be notified to Mr. Ahmad in the next 60 days, after which it will be published on legal.fifa.com.”

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