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Mohammad Asif arrives at Court of Arbitration for Sport

Asif arrives at Court of Arbitration for Sport ahead of appeal hearing over spot-fixing ban

after serving six months of a sentence for conspiracy to cheat at gambling and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments.

'I am reasonably optimistic of a favourable outcome in this appeal,' said Asif's barrister Ravi Sukul ahead of Thursday's hearing.

Optimistic: Asif's barrister is confident of overturning the appeal

Optimistic: Asif's barrister is confident of overturning the appeal

Optimistic: Asif's barrister is confident of overturning the appeal

Match fixing latest: Liverpool v Debrecen alleged to be rigged, by Danish newspaper

Was this the rigged Champions League game Danish paper claim Liverpool clash with Debrecen part of match-fixing scandal

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Rik Sharma

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21:20 GMT, 4 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:38 GMT, 4 February 2013

Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet has claimed the Champions League game in England allegedly involving match-fixing was Liverpool against Debrecen in 2009.

Their report places no suspicion on Liverpool whatsoever and instead claims Debrecen's Montenegrin goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic was ‘bribed to ensure the match ended with at least three goals’.

The clash was the first match of the group stage and took place at Anfield on September 16, with Liverpool beating their Hungarian opponents 1-0.

Winner: Dirk Kuyt scores the only goal of the game in the match alleged to be part of the scandal (Liverpool are not said to be involved in any match-fixing)

Winner: Dirk Kuyt scores the only goal of the game in the match alleged to be part of the scandal (Liverpool are not said to be involved in any match-fixing)

Boom: Goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic sees Kuyt's shot hit the back of the net

Boom: Goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic sees Kuyt's shot hit the back of the net

In text messages obtained by police the people behind the alleged match-fixing were angry that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard had not capitalised on some easy chances.

Later in the group stage Poleksic was allegedly bribed for a match against Fiorentina, which Debrecen lost 4-3.

The goalkeeper has already been banned for two years for failing to report being approached by fixers before the Fiorentina game.

His case was taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport who rejected his appeal although conceded they could not prove the match result had been manipulated.

On Monday morning it was revealed European police agency Europol are investigating more than 380 suspicious matches in 15 countries, including a Champions League game played in England in the last three or four years.

Rob Wainwright, director of Europol – the European Union's law enforcement agency, told a news conference that the match which took place 'in the last three to four years' was one of 380 under investigation.

Europol said a total of 425 match officials, club officials, players, and serious criminals are suspected of being involved in attempts to fix matches.

When the news of the investigation broke on Monday, a spokesman for The Football Association said: 'The FA are not aware of any credible reports into suspicious Champions League fixtures in England, nor has any information been shared with us.

'While the Champions League comes under UEFA jurisdiction, The FA, alongside the Premier League, Football League and Conference, monitor markets for the top seven leagues and three major cup competitions in England and take matters of integrity in football extremely seriously.'

It is understood UEFA were similarly unaware of an investigation into an Champions League match in England.

A Europol spokesman said he was unable to comment when asked why neither the FA nor UEFA had been informed.

More to follow.

VIDEO: Dirk Kuyt's goal against Debrecen in the 1-0 win at Anfield

Lance Armstrong doping affair: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson lands role investigating links with UCI

Baroness Grey-Thompson lands role investigating Armstrong's links with UCI

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UPDATED:

16:42 GMT, 30 November 2012

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has been named on a three-person panel to assess the Lance Armstrong affair and the role of the International Cycling Union in the scandal.

The UCI in October ratified the sanctions recommended by the United States Anti-doping Agency, who conducted an investigation which concluded Armstrong and his United States Postal Service team ran 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen'.

Allegations of complicity and insider knowledge were levelled at the UCI and its leadership – all of which have been denied – and 11-time Paralympic champion Grey-Thompson forms part of the independent commission set up to establish the facts.

Disgraced: Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles

Disgraced: Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles

Australian John Coates, the president of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport assembled the commission, which is independent of the UCI and will be chaired by former Court of Appeal judge Sir Philip Otton Australian lawyer Malcolm Holmes QC will join Lords peer Grey-Thompson on the panel.

Armstrong did not cooperate with the USADA investigation and has been banned for life and stripped of all results from August 1, 1998, including seven Tour de France titles.

Investigating Armstrong: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Investigating Armstrong: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Lance Armstrong stripped of Tour de France titles

Armstrong stripped of Tour de France titles and banned for life as UCI ratify sanctions against disgraced rider

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UPDATED:

13:01 GMT, 22 October 2012

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after
the sport's world governing body, the UCI, accepted the findings of the
United States Anti-Doping Agency's investigation.

Armstrong refused to co-operate with USADA, who earlier this month published
a 1,000-page report which concluded the Texan and his United States Postal
Service team ran 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping
programme that sport has ever seen'.

Shamed: Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his titles after the UCI endorsed the USADA sanctions

Shamed: Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his titles after the UCI endorsed the USADA sanctions

In accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code, the UCI had 21 days to
respond, until October 31, and president Pat McQuaid today announced the world
governing body would accept USADA's findings and ratified the sanctions imposed
on Armstrong.

It means the Texan has been stripped of all results since August 1, 1998 and
banned for life.

At a media conference in Geneva, McQuaid said: '(The UCI) will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and it will recognise the sanctions that USADA has imposed.

'The UCI will ban Lance Armstrong from cycling and the UCI will strip him of his seven Tour de France titles. Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling.'

Endorsement: UCI chief Pat McQuaid confirmed the governing body accepted the Lance Armstrong sanctions

Endorsement: UCI chief Pat McQuaid confirmed the governing body accepted the Lance Armstrong sanctions

Eleven former team-mates of Armstrong testified against him to USADA, receiving six-month bans.

These suspensions were also ratified by the UCI, which thanked the riders for giving evidence against Armstrong.

McQuaid added: 'The UCI will also recognise the sanctions imposed on the riders who testified against Lance Armstrong; UCI indeed thanks them for telling their stories.'

Banned: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour titles by the USADA, but claims he was the victim of a 'witch hunt'

Banned: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour titles by the USADA, but claims he was the victim of a 'witch hunt'

The UCI, particularly the leadership of McQuaid and honorary president Hein Verbruggen, who was president at the time of Armstrong's record run of Tour success, have met criticism over the USADA investigation.

Allegations have been made against the UCI, which McQuaid dismissed.

'UCI has nothing to hide in responding to the USADA report,' he said. 'The UCI has called a special meeting of the UCI management committee next Friday to discuss this report and the measures which the UCI wishes to put in place in order that we are never faced with such a situation in the future.'

Not so magnificent seven: Armstrong's wins have been erased from the Tour de France record books

Not so magnificent seven: Armstrong's wins have been erased from the Tour de France record books

While addressing the past, McQuaid was steadfast in his belief that cycling has a positive future.

He added: 'This is a landmark day for cycling. Cycling has endured a lot of pain as it has absorbed the impact of the USADA report.

'UCI promised to prioritise our analysis of the report and to provide an early response and we've done that.

'My message to cycling, to our riders, to our sponsors and to our fans today is: cycling has a future.

Support: Cyclists gathered to listen to Armstrong's address at the start of the annual Team Livestrong Challenge in Austin on Sunday

Support: Cyclists gathered to listen to Armstrong's address at the start of the annual Team Livestrong Challenge in Austin on Sunday

'This is not the first time that cycling has reached a crossroads or that it has had to begin anew and to engage in the painful process of confronting its past.

'It will do so again with renewed vigour and purpose and its stakeholders and fans can be assured that it will find a new path forward.

'We're here to answer your questions and to say to the cycling community: UCI is listening and is on your side.

'We've come too far in the fight against doping to return to our past.

'Cycling has a future and something like this must never happen again.'

Armstrong always protested his innocence, but he has lost support from some of his major sponsors since USADA's report was made public.

Nike, Trek and Anheuser-Busch, brewers of Budweiser, all severed their ties with Armstrong, while fashion brand Oakley are reviewing their position in the wake of the doping scandal which has transcended sport.

Armstrong has also stepped down from his position as chairman of his cancer charity, Livestrong.

He made his first public appearance on Friday at the 15th anniversary celebration of the charity. He said to the 1,700-strong gathering: 'I am truly humbled by your support.

'It's been an interesting couple of weeks. It's been a difficult couple of weeks for me and my family, my friends and this foundation.

'I say, “I've been better, but I've also been worse”.'

Lance Armstrong sanctions ratified by UCI

Finally… UCI ratify Armstrong sanctions after years of ignorance over doping

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UPDATED:

11:15 GMT, 22 October 2012

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after
the sport's world governing body, the UCI, accepted the findings of the
United States Anti-Doping Agency's investigation.

Armstrong refused to co-operate with USADA, who earlier this month published
a 1,000-page report which concluded the Texan and his United States Postal
Service team ran 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping
programme that sport has ever seen'.

In accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code, the UCI had 21 days to
respond, until October 31, and president Pat McQuaid today announced the world
governing body would accept USADA's findings and ratified the sanctions imposed
on Armstrong.

It means the Texan has been stripped of all results since August 1, 1998 and
banned for life.

At a media conference in Geneva, McQuaid said: '(The UCI) will not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and it will recognise the sanctions that USADA has imposed.

'The UCI will ban Lance Armstrong from cycling and the UCI will strip him of his seven Tour de France titles. Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling.'

More to follow…

Shamed: Lance Armstrong, who finds out on Monday whether the USADA's report will be accepted by the UCI, spoke to participants at The Livestrong Challenge Ride in Austin, Texas, on Sunday

Shamed: Lance Armstrong, who finds out on Monday whether the USADA's report will be accepted by the UCI, spoke to participants at The Livestrong Challenge Ride in Austin, Texas, on Sunday


Fanbase: University of Texas college football fans sport Livestrong, Armstrong's cancer-fighting charity, t-shirts during their cancer-awareness game

Fanbase: University of Texas college football fans sport Livestrong, Armstrong's cancer-fighting charity, t-shirts during their cancer-awareness game

Banned: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour titles by the USADA, but claims he was the victim of a 'witch hunt'

Banned: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour titles by the USADA, but claims he was the victim of a 'witch hunt'


Support: Cyclists gathered to listen to Armstrong's address at the start of the annual Team Livestrong Challenge in Austin on Sunday

Support: Cyclists gathered to listen to Armstrong's address at the start of the annual Team Livestrong Challenge in Austin on Sunday

UCI set to respond to USADA"s Lance Armstrong doping report

UCI set to respond to USADA's damning report which accuses Armstrong of doping

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UPDATED:

15:46 GMT, 21 October 2012

Cycling's world governing body will reveal on Monday whether they endorse the United States Anti-Doping Agency's damning report which accuses Lance Armstrong of systematic doping during his seven Tour de France victories.

In August, Armstrong announced he would no longer fight USADA's charges against him, describing their investigation as a 'witch hunt'.

The agency promptly responded by issuing the American with a lifetime ban and stripping him of his record seven Tour titles.

Shamed: Lance Armstrong, who finds out on Monday whether the USADA's report will be accepted by the UCI, spoke to participants at The Livestrong Challenge Ride in Austin, Texas, on Sunday

Shamed: Lance Armstrong, who finds out on Monday whether the USADA's report will be accepted by the UCI, spoke to participants at The Livestrong Challenge Ride in Austin, Texas, on Sunday

Two weeks ago USADA published a 1,000-page body of evidence which alleged Armstrong and his US Postal Service team had been guilty of 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen'.

It included testimony from 11 of Armstrong's former team-mates, who were all handed six-month bans.

The UCI had until the end of October to respond to the report, and on Monday president Pat McQuaid will announce whether they accept the findings and thus rubber-stamp Armstrong's punishment, or reject them and take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The content of USADA's report has left cycling in a beleaguered state as it faces the biggest crisis in its history, even greater than the uproar created by the Festina scandal of 1998.

Should Armstrong, viewed by many as the sport's greatest champion and renowned for his work in fighting cancer, see his punishment confirmed it will be the darkest of days.

Fanbase: University of Texas college football fans sport Livestrong, Armstrong's cancer-fighting charity, t-shirts during their cancer-awareness game

Fanbase: University of Texas college football fans sport Livestrong, Armstrong's cancer-fighting charity, t-shirts during their cancer-awareness game

Banned: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour titles by the USADA, but claims he was the victim of a 'witch hunt'

Banned: Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour titles by the USADA, but claims he was the victim of a 'witch hunt'

Armstrong has always protested his innocence, but he has lost support from some of his major sponsors since USADA's report was made public.

Nike, Trek and Anheuser-Busch, brewers of Budweiser, all severed their ties with Armstrong, while fashion brand Oakley are reviewing their position in the wake of the doping scandal which has transcended sport.

Armstrong has also stepped down from his position as chairman of his cancer charity, Livestrong.

He made his first public appearance on Friday at the 15th anniversary celebration of the charity. He said to the 1,700-strong gathering: 'I am truly humbled by your support.

'It's been an interesting couple of weeks. It's been a difficult couple of weeks for me and my family, my friends and this foundation.

'I say, “I've been better, but I've also been worse”.'

In the continuing fall-out from the publication of USADA's report, Dutch bank Rabobank have also withdrawn from the sport after 17 years as a team sponsor.

Support: Cyclists gathered to listen to Armstrong's address at the start of the annual Team Livestrong Challenge in Austin on Sunday

Support: Cyclists gathered to listen to Armstrong's address at the start of the annual Team Livestrong Challenge in Austin on Sunday

Juventus coach Antonio Conte will still sit out Chelsea tie despite touchline ban reduced

Juventus coach Conte will still sit out Chelsea tie despite touchline ban reduced

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UPDATED:

19:25 GMT, 5 October 2012

Juventus head coach Antonio Conte will return to the touchline in December after having his lengthy suspension from football reduced by six months.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) suspended Conte for 10 months in August for his alleged failure to report two incidents of match-fixing while in charge of Siena during the 2010-11 Serie B season.

Appeal: Juventus coach Antonio Conte

Appeal: Juventus coach Antonio Conte

A subsequent appeal to the Federal Court of Justice failed, but Conte's lawyers' move for acquittal by Italy's sporting arbitration court (TNAS) has resulted in a reduction of six months, allowing Conte to take charge of Juventus' Serie A game at Palermo on December 9.

The terms of Conte's ban have allowed him to coach his players during the week, but prohibit any touchline activity, with Juve technical director Massimo Carrera forced to assume interim control of the Italian champions on matchdays.

In September, a FIFA committee extended Conte's suspension worldwide, denying him the chance to manage in the Champions League.

The 43-year-old will therefore miss out on making his management debut in the competition this calendar year, as Juve's last group game against Shakhtar Donetsk takes place on December 5. They are scheduled to face Chelsea at home on November 21.

Conte will also have missed 15 league games by the time he returns to the bench at Palermo's Stadio Renzo Barbera in December.

This summer's wide-sweeping investigation into irregular betting patterns and incidents of match-fixing involved 45 people and 13 clubs in total.

Conte's former club Siena were handed a six-point deduction while Lecce found themselves demoted to Lega Pro for their role in the Calcioscommesse scandal.

Former Bari defender Andrea Masiello received a 22-month suspended sentence for admitting scoring a deliberate own goal in a relegation decider in exchange for payment.

Steven Pienaar close to Everton return, says David Moyes

Everton close to signing 5m Pienaar back from Tottenham, Moyes reveals

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UPDATED:

16:09 GMT, 21 July 2012

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David Moyes revealed he is 'much closer' to bringing Steven Pienaar to Everton on a permanent basis.

Chairman Bill Kenwright has reportedly been locked in talks with Tottenham over a 5million transfer deal for the South Africa playmaker, who spent the second half of last season on loan back at Goodison Park.

After a 1-1 draw with Motherwell in Stevie Hammell's testimonial at Fir Park, where Well midfielder Nicky Law levelled a first-half header from Shane Duffy, Goodison boss Moyes said: 'I think we are much closer to Pienaar and hopefully in time I will have something, but I don't quite have it yet.'

Heading back: Steven Pienaar looks set for a return to Everton

Heading back: Steven Pienaar looks set for a return to Everton

Moyes was pleased to see former Rangers man Steven Naismith come on in the second-half to make his debut.

Naismith received provisional international clearance last night from FIFA which allowed him to play while arbitration over his move from Rangers continues.

Moyes, however, was more concerned with the Scotland forward's knee injury.

He said 'It was pleasing to see Steven come on. I heard last night about six o'clock that he was cleared.

'We just have to make sure that his knee is right. He is coming on well. He is a month behind everyone else but hopefully he won't be too far away.'

On the game, Moyes said: 'I thought Motherwell did well. We are a bit behind and it showed at times but it was okay. I'm not madly excited about it but I'm not madly disappointed by it.'

Mohamed Bin Hammam has lifetime ban from FIFA annulled

Embarrassment for FIFA as Bin Hammam has lifetime ban overturned by CAS

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UPDATED:

09:52 GMT, 19 July 2012

Mohamed Bin Hammam has had his lifetime FIFA ban annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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The ruling by CAS will cause huge embarrassment to FIFA, whose ethics committee imposed the lifetime ban for bribery one year ago.

It is understood that while the Qatari has not been proven innocent by CAS the appeal has been upheld on the grounds of a lack of evidence.

FIFA can bring fresh proceedings against Bin Hammam if the revamped ethics committee has any new evidence.

Overturned: Mohamed bin Hammam has his ban annulled

Overturned: Mohamed bin Hammam has his ban annulled

Bin Hammam was found guilty by FIFA's ethics committee last year of paying bribes to Caribbean officials while campaigning against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.

Bin Hammam had been president of the Asian Football Confederation and he was provisionally suspended by that governing body earlier this week.

That followed an audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers that centred on contract negotiations and payments to and from AFC bank accounts during Bin Hammam's presidency.

He was alleged to have breached a number of AFC regulations including relating to gifts and bribery. Sources close to Bin Hammam say the allegations are further attempts to tarnish his name.

Bin Hammam always claimed the FIFA action against him was retribution for having challenged Blatter for the presidency.

Election: Bin Hammam stood against Sepp Blatter

Election: Bin Hammam stood against Sepp Blatter

It is almost a year to the day since FIFA's ethics committee found 63-year-old Bin Hammam guilty of conspiring to pay bribes and issued the lifetime ban.

Bin Hammam had been a growing force in international football and displayed his power by being influential in Qatar's runaway victory in the contest to host the 2022 World Cup.

Some observers had believed he was on course to defeat Blatter until, less than a month before the election, he was accused of paying around 1million US dollars to officials from 25 Caribbean nations.

Witnesses testified that after being addressed by Bin Hammam at a specially-arranged meeting in Trinidad, officials were invited to pick up cash gifts of 40,000 US dollars per association contained in brown envelopes.

The witnesses stated that former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner had told officials the money had come from Bin Hammam. Warner resigned from FIFA a month later and refused to speak to investigators.

Mohamed Bin Hammam suspended by AFC

Bin Hammam in hot water again as disgraced former FIFA man is suspended in Asia

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23:36 GMT, 16 July 2012

Disgraced: Bin Hammam

Disgraced: Bin Hammam

Mohamed Bin Hammam has been provisionally suspended from all football activity by the Asian Football Confederation following a forensic audit of the governing body's accounts.

Former AFC president Bin Hammam has already been banned for life by world governing body FIFA after being found guilty of paying cash gifts totalling close to $1million US dollars to football officials from Caribbean countries during his FIFA presidential campaign last May.

He is awaiting a final verdict on his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, his final chance to overturn the world ban, but the body he formerly headed are now pursuing their own investigation into a number of alleged rule breaches.

The audit, produced by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, centred on contract negotiations and payments to and from AFC bank accounts during Bin Hammam's presidency.

Bin Hammam is alleged to have breached Article six of the AFC Statutes (Conduct of Bodies and Officials); Article 62 of the AFC Disciplinary Code (Corruption); and Articles three (General Rules), five (Conflict of Interest), nine (Fiduciary Duty and Confidentiality), 10 (Accepting Gifts and Benefits), 11 (Bribery) and 12 (Commission) of the AFC Code of Ethics.

He will be suspended from duty for up to 30 days while the allegations are investigated, the AFC confirmed in a statement.