donderdag 6 september 2012

The court of arbitration for sport (CAS) confirms life ban imposed on David Savic for match fixing

Lausanne, 6 September 20122 -The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rendered its
decision in the arbitration bettween the Serbian tennis player David Savic and the Professional
Tennis Integrity Officers (PTIIOs). The CAS has confirmed the decision of the Anti-Corruption
Hearing Officer (AHO) to rule that David Savic be permanently ineligible to participate in any
event organised or sanctioned d by any tennis governing body. However, the CAS has decided to
set aside the fine of $100,000 which had been imposed on the player.
In 2010 the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) initiated an investigation against David Savic further to
evidence it had received that hhe had made invitations to another tennis player to fix the outcome
of tennis matches. The same information was provided to the Anti-Corruuption Hearing Officer
(AHO) who ruled on 30 Sep ptember 2011 that the player had committed a corruption offence
under the Uniform Tennis Anti-Corrpution Program (UTAP) rules. He rule ed that David Savic be
declared permanently ineligib ble to participate in any event organised or sa anctioned by the tennis
governing bodies and ordered him to pay a fine of $100,000.
On 27 October 2011, David Savic filed a statement of appeal with the CAS requesting that such
decision be annulled, together with the sanctions imposed on him. A CAS panel composed of Dr
Dirk-Reiner Martens, Germanny (President), the Hon. Michael J. Beloff QC, United Kingdom
and Mr David W. Rivkin, USA, was appointed to hear this matter. The CAS Panel heard the
parties and their experts/witnesses either in person or via video-conferenc ce at a hearing held at
the CAS headquarters in Lausanne on 29 March 2012.
The CAS Panel rejected the Player's arguments and concluded that the disputed facts had been
proven not only by a preponderance of the evidence, but indeed to th he Panel's comfortable
satisfaction. Accordingly, consistently with the AHO, the CAS Panel found that David Savic had
committed corruption offences under the UTAP rules.

Press release CAS HERE

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