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Man City youngster Courtney Meppen-Walter was not racing friend before car crash, say police

City youngster Meppen-Walter was NOT racing a friend before car crash which left two dead, according to police


15:34 GMT, 18 December 2012



15:34 GMT, 18 December 2012

Police have stated that Manchester City youth player Courtney Meppen-Walter was not racing a friend before a car crash, which resulted in the death of two people.

The 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving in September after the crash between his Mercedes and a Nissan Micra.

Kulwant Singh, 32, who was driving the Nissan, was killed along with his sister, Ravel Kaur-Singh, 37.

Tragic: Courtney Meppen-Walters was involved in a car crash which resulted in two people being killed

Tragic: Courtney Meppen-Walters was involved in a car crash which resulted in two people being killed

A GMP spokesman told Manchester Evening News: ‘The driver of the Mercedes, an 18-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been rebailed until January 24.

‘A file has been prepared and sent to the Crown Prosecution Service to make a final decision.’

The 19-year-old driver of a Volkswagen Golf was released from bail without charge and the spokesman added that the GMP were satisfied that the two cars were not racing before the fatal incident on September 1.

The police had been investigating whether the crash was caused by the footballer racing the other driver on Bury New Road in north Manchester.

Sgt Danny Byrne told the MEN: ‘Having reviewed all the available information and evidence, I am satisfied that the vehicles were not racing each other and the driver of the VW Golf is not involved in this incident.

‘A file of evidence has now been completed and passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision on the driver of the Mercedes.’

Ravel Kaur-Singh’s two sons, aged 16 and 17, who were passengers in the back seat, are making a good recovery from the head injuries they sustained, according to police.

Johan Bruyneel leaves RadioShack after Lance Armstrong scandal

Disgraced former mentor of Armstrong leaves RadioShack after drug revelations



18:52 GMT, 12 October 2012

Johan Bruyneel, Lance Armstrong's team manager on the American's seven Tour de France wins, is quitting as RadioShack Nissan general manager by mutual agreement.

Bruyneel was named in the United States Anti-Doping Agency report released this week which said he was one of the people who had helped Armstrong organise doping within the US Postal Team.

'In light of these testimonies, both
parties feel it is necessary to make this decision since Johan Bruyneel
can no longer direct the team in an efficient and comfortable way,'
RadioShack Nissan said in a statement.

Disgraced: Armstrong (left) with Bruyneel in 2004

Disgraced: Armstrong (left) with Bruyneel in 2004

Belgian Bruyneel was Armstrong's team manager when the Texan won his seven Tours from 1999-2005 as well as during his two Tour rides in 2009 and 2010 after his comeback from a three-and-a-half year retirement.

Meanwhile, former world road race champion Mark Cavendish believes cycling is one of the cleanest sports because the cheats get found out, and says it is unfair to judge today's riders on past events.

The 27-year-old told Sky Sports News: 'The same question I always get is, “how can cycling move forward”

'Well, it is moving forward and it has been – but people won't let it.

Disgraced: Armstrong (left) with Bruyneel in 2004

'There's going to be cynics, there's going to be people with closed minds, and there's going to be stuff that comes up from the past.

'That's not fair to tarnish the riders who are doing it now with the brush they don't deserve to be tarnished with. It's a stupid, closed-minded view on it.

'Cheating happens everywhere – in every sport, in every country, in every aspect of life.'

He added: 'In my mind, I think cycling is one of the cleanest sports because it catches the cheats and throws them away.'

Tour de France 2012: Frank Schleck B sample is positive

Second drug sample returns positive but Schleck insists: I did nothing wrong



16:30 GMT, 20 July 2012

Frank Schleck has once again protested his innocence after failing a doping test during this year's Tour de France.

The Luxembourg RadioShack-Nissan rider tested positive for the diuretic Xipamide on July 14.

He requested his B sample also be tested, but confirmed that also came back positive.

Off track: Schleck has failed a second test

Off track: Schleck has failed a second test

Schleck maintains he has done nothing wrong, however, and is determined to prove that.

'Today I witnessed the analysis of the B-sample in the afld-lab in Chatenay-Malabry (France),' he said in a statement.

'The result of the counter test was positive but for me nothing changes: I just know that I did nothing wrong! I will therefore continue my search to find out how the substance could have entered my body.

Positive: But Schleck maintains his innocence

Positive: But Schleck maintains his innocence

'At the moment we are analysing minute by minute what exactly I have been doing, eating, drinking on the days before the control and on the 14th of July itself, whom I met, what materials I came in contact with, what nutritional supplements I took.

'The medical world states that this product, when performing in extreme conditions such as in a cycling tour, is very dangerous; it can even cause death.

'Therefore I really need to find the cause that clarifies how this product ended up in my system.

'Since I didn't take anything, I assume it must have been given to me by someone, or it could have happened through an accidental contamination, or it could be caused by something that is not yet known to me since we are still undertaking a number of analyses.'

Schleck was 12th in this year's Tour, nine minutes and 45 seconds behind leader Bradley Wiggins, when news of his positive test broke and the cyclist immediately dropped out of the race.

Schleck is the older brother of 2010 winner Andy, who won the Tour de France after original victor Alberto Contador was stripped of his title for doping offences.

Cycling's governing body, the UCI, also confirmed Schleck's B sample had tested positive.

'The UCI communicates that the analysis of the sample B of Frank Schleck's urine carried out today has confirmed the result of the adverse analytical finding notified by the Anti-doping laboratory of Chatenay-Malabry following the analysis of the sample A,' read a short statement.

'In accordance with the Anti-doping rules, the UCI will request the Luxembourg Federation to open a disciplinary procedure against the rider.'