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Volume 6 No. 212

Leagues and Governing Bodies

Former Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi was on Wednesday "banned for life from holding any cricket post, three years after being thrown out of his own popular, but tainted, Twenty20 league," according to the AFP. The general body of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which met in Chennai, "accepted the verdict of its disciplinary panel that found Modi guilty of 'serious' acts of indiscipline and misconduct." Modi was found guilty, among other things, of rigging bids during the franchise auction in '10, selling media and Internet rights without authorization and "secretly trying to create a rebel T20 league in England without the knowledge of the Indian and England boards" (AFP, 9/25). The BBC reported the decision was taken at a special meeting of the BCCI in the southern city of Chennai on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court "dismissed a petition" from Modi to stop the meeting. Modi, who denies any wrongdoing, said that "he was going to fight the ban." Modi said, "I was already gone since I had been suspended for three years, so I expected the ban. But I am going to fight them and the ban gives me more resolve to go after them. Indian cricket needs cleansing and as far as I am concerned I am going to go after them. Till now they were colleagues. I am coming after them. Wait and watch" (BBC, 9/25). The PTI reported Modi's lawyer, Mehmood Abdi, on Wednesday said that "he would challenge it in the court." Abdi: "The entire disciplinary process was vitiated by malice, prejudice and personal bias which we will challenge in a court of law and expose all those persons with vested interests" (PTI, 9/25). The PTI also reported Modi also took a "veiled potshot" at BCCI President N. Srinivasan, "accusing BCCI members of protecting the Tamil Nadu strongman." Modi: "I think fans are a little disappointed on this match-fixing issue and also the persons involved. It is really sad that they banned the person who created the league but people who are fixing matches and those who are running the Board are being protected by the BCCI members" (PTI, 9/25). The text of Modi's letter to the BCCI can be found here.

The Spanish Football League (LFP) has opened an office in Dubai, its first in the Middle East, "with the intention of promoting the league's brand and adding potential sponsors, as much for the league as for the clubs in La Liga and the Spanish second division," according to the EFE. The objective of the opening of the new office is to "begin its expansion in the Arab world and make itself known in that market." The LFP is also looking to "secure broadcasting of La Liga in the region, increase clubs' popularity and cash in on image rights." To achieve its goals, the LFP is "collaborating with commercial rights law firm Grupp RLD, a group of Spanish-speaking lawyers that has opened offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi" (EFE, 9/25). In a separate piece, the EFE reported that the regional office will officially open in October in the Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZ). LFP President Javier Tebas announced the agreement during a meeting with DAFZ Chair Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Tebas said that the DAFZ was always the LFP's first option "due to its ideal location, attractive investment opportunities and high-level services." The new site will "connect the LFP to companies and businesses that want to establish connections with Spanish clubs, host friendlies, create training academies and form partnerships" (EFE, 9/24).

On Tuesday, the Argentine FA decided that Argentine football stadiums will not allow "opposing fans at games until the testing systems for fingerprints work at all stadiums," according to the EP. The decision followed a meeting between AFA President Julio Grondona and Argentine Security Secretary Sergio Berni. Berni "suggested that in addition to implementing the AFA Plus ticketing stadium, there should be infrastructure changes like an increase in the amount of video surveillance at stadiums." Berni added that the pressure to "let visiting fans enter stadiums has more to do with business than the fans." Berni: "Among everything else, we arrived at the conclusion that there was not one change. This will take time and patience. It was decided that there will be no visiting fans through the end of the year" (AS, 9/25).

National Rugby League club Sydney Roosters has admitted it "sacked a sports nutrition company after players' blood tests returned elevated readings for the banned substance Human Growth Hormone." Details of the blood tests' results for six players showing elevated levels of HGH "were found on the phone of an organised crime figure that was seized by law enforcement officers" (THE AGE, 9/26). ... It is set to be "a full-blown revolt" but the Indian Boxing Federation's state units have still invited the suspended body's president and secretary-general to attend its Oct. 6 meeting "despite the duo's attempts to stop the gathering from taking place" (PTI, 9/24).