Franchise Notes: Cronulla To Face Maximum Fine Of $964,000 For Illegal Substance Abuse
The maximum fine faced by National Rugby League club Cronulla after the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation will be A$1M ($964,000) -- half the A$2M penalty the Australian Football League recently imposed on Essendon. While the NRL "will not confirm that action will be taken against any club or official until ASADA hands down its full report into allegations of illegal substance abuse in the game, it is widely expected that the Sharks will be hit with charges similar to those levelled against the Bombers" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 10/18). ... Swiss side FC Basel has been fined €30,000 ($41,000) by UEFA after Greenpeace activists interrupted its Champions League match against Schalke 04 "with a protest against tournament sponsors Gazprom." UEFA said in a statement that Basel had been fined for "insufficient organisation" at the Group E game on Oct. 1, a tie they lost 1-0. Play "was halted for around five minutes when four protesters wearing orange boiler suits and helmets descended on ropes that they had dropped from the St-Jakob Park stadium roof early in the match" (REUTERS, 10/17). ... The last stage of the Tour of Beijing concluded on Tuesday and "stamped the end of a cycling era." The race was the last appearance by Spanish team Euskaltel-Euskadi, which is folding due to financial reasons (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 10/16).