Sports Law Ledger - Monday 12 October 2020

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Catchup on some of the latest sports law and integrity updates from Australia, New Zealand & around the world (copyright remains the property of respective owners):


Integrity, Anti-Doping - Rugby League: Jennings provisionally suspended after positive test

The NRL has suspended Michael Jennings after the Eels centre tested positive to banned substances, the league announced on Saturday. Jennings has been provisionally suspended after returning a positive A-sample for Ligandrol and Ibutamoren and now has the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed.

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Integrity - Rugby League: Tristan Sailor bailed after being charged with sexual assault

NRL player Tristan Sailor has been granted strict conditional bail following allegations of aggravated sexual assault. The 22-year old faced Wollongong court where police argued the alleged attack south of Sydney last weekend was "predatory and planned".

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Governance - School sport the big winner in Federal Budget 2020, while elite sporting bodies secure funding until Paris Olympics

The Sporting Schools program has become the big winner in the sports sector of the Federal Budget, with almost $20 million committed for this year and next. The 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup will receive $2.4 million towards setup costs with more to come pending confirmation of State Government contributions.

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Governance - Football/Soccer: Nogarotto to step down from FFA Board

Two members of the Football Federation Australia board are due to face an election next month with sources confirming that director Remo Nogarotto will not be running for re-election, as his three-year term comes to an end.

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Governance - Rugby League: John Khoury to take over as Chairman of Football Club Board

Under the constitution of the Football Club, the remaining 4 directors are still able to form a quorum and the business of the Football Club will continue and not be affected. The 4 Directors of the Football Club have met and voted to appoint Mr John Khoury as Chairman and Mr Joe Thomas as Deputy Chairman.

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Governance - Rugby Union: Speculation mounts that Springboks may pull out of the Rugby Championship

South Africa are expected to announce this week whether they will attend the tournament against the All Blacks, Wallabies and Pumas being held in Australia in November and December.

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Governance, Athlete Relations - Cricket: Nicholson resigns from cricket's player union

The Australian Cricketers Association will have a new chief executive fight the next pay battle after Alistair Nicholson confirmed his resignation on Monday.

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Governance, Commercial - Rugby Union: NZR refuse to confirm cost of Rugby Championship fixture changes

New Zealand Rugby have refused to say whether they will take a financial hit from forcing a change in the Rugby Championship fixtures to ensure the All Blacks are not in isolation over the Christmas break.

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Dispute Resolution - The Future of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Sport: The National Sports Tribunal

The National Sports Tribunal was established to level the playing field in the area of sports dispute resolution by providing for an effective, efficient, independent, transparent and specialist tribunal for the fair hearing and resolution of sporting disputes.

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Media Rights - Rugby Union: Rugby Australia And Nine In Broadcast Rights Talk

Nine Entertainment Co and Rugby Australia are currently in extensive discussions about a broadcast deal that could reshape the sports rights landscape, which will result in games being shown on streaming platform ‘Stan’. Last week Foxtel made a bid to secure the broadcasting rights, while Network Ten also made a reportedly ‘underwhelming’ offer.

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Media Rights - Swimming: Seven and Swimming Australia broadcast deal terminated amid Olympic delays

Seven and Swimming Australia have terminated their broadcast partnership, with the sporting body’s inability to hold the Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials in 2020 due to COVID-19 named as the cause. The lack of trials breaches the conditions of Seven’s rights agreement, allowing the broadcaster to exit the deal.

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Commercial - ACCC orders ticket reseller Viagogo to pay $7m fine for misleading consumers

Ticket reseller Viagogo has been ordered to pay a penalty of $7m for misleading consumers. In proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the federal court found the Swiss-based company had made false and misleading representations when reselling tickets to live music and sports events.

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Esports - Oceanic Pro League to close, OCE players no longer take up LCS import slots

“Today we are announcing the dissolution of the OPL and the closure of Riot’s Sydney office, as it primarily focused on operating the league,” the governing body said.

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Read Riot release


Integrity, Match-Fixing - Tennis: Prosecutors open investigation into alleged match-fixing at French Open

French prosecutors on Tuesday said they had opened an investigation into alleged match-fixing in a women’s doubles match at the French Open. The prosecutors’ office said the investigation into “fraud in an organised group” and “active and passive corruption”, was related to a doubles match between Romanian pair Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig and Russian Yana Sizikova and American Madison Brengle.

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Integrity, Anti-Doping - Cycling: Former British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman says he destroyed laptop, testosterone gel

At a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Great Britain, former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman has given damning testimony about his personal conduct while he worked for the two cycling entities from 2010-2011.

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Integrity, Anti-Doping - Football/Soccer: Senegalese defender Diaby handed two-year ban after failing drugs test

Senegal and Barnsley defender Bambo Diaby has been banned from football for two years by United Kingdom Anti-Doping (UKAD) after testing positive for a banned substance. The 22-year-old has now had his contract terminated by the English Championship side.

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