Pakistan batsman Khalid Latif handed 5-year ban for spot-fixing

first_imgPakistan batsman Khalid Latif has been handed a five-year ban and fined one million rupees by the anti-corruption tribunal after finding him guilty of six breaches of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption code.The detailed order of the tribunal released on Tuesday confirmed that the three-member bench found Latif guilty off all six charges, brought against him by the PCB in the spot-fixing case during the Pakistan Super League in Dubai in February.The tribunal, headed by a former judge of the Lahore High Court, has already banned Test opener Sharjeel Khan for five years with half of the sentence suspended on spot-fixing charges.PCB’s legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi said the detailed order on Latif showed that the tribunal found him guilty of meeting with a bookmaker, Yousuf on 8th and 9th of February and agreeing to spot-fixing in a match.”It is irrelevant whether Khalid played a match or not. The full order finds him guilty of breaching the code of conduct.”Latif has also been found guilty of trying to instigate teammates to spot-fix and convincing Sharjeel to meet with the bookmaker in Dubai.Latif and his lawyer now have 14 days to file an appeal against the ban and fine.Sharjeel has already appealed against his ban and the PCB has appointed a former judge of the Supreme court to hear his petition from Wednesday in Lahore.”Sharjeel has already filed his appeal while the PCB has also appealed with the independent adjudicator,” Rizvi said. He said the PCB had appealed since Sharjeel was found guilty on all six counts of violating the anti-corruption code, half of his ban should not be suspended and that he should also be fined.advertisementRizvi also said that the cases being heard against Pakistani batsmen Nasir Jamshed and Shahzaib Hasan would also be decided soon by the tribunal.Asked about a statement made by a senior official of the UK national crime agency before the tribunal about the possible involvement of few other Pakistani players in spot-fixing during the Bangladesh Premier League, Rizvi said since the tournament was a domestic event of the Bangladesh cricket board they would first have to take a decision on whether to open investigations into the allegations.”If they don’t open investigations in 180 days then the PCB can decide to hold its own inquiry,” he said. Rizvi said while the PCB was conducting a disciplinary hearing against the accused cricketers but the Federal Investigation Agency could also concurrently hold criminal proceedings against the players on corruption and fraud chargeslast_img read more

FIFA Adds Video Review to Soccer Laws Ahead of WCup

first_imgZURICH (AP) — FIFA’s rule-making panel approved adding video review to the laws of soccer on Saturday, clearing the way for its use at the World Cup in June.The panel, known as IFAB, voted unanimously to begin updating the game’s written rules to include video assistant referees (VAR).The decision “represents a new era for football with video assistance for referees helping to increase integrity and fairness in the game,” the panel said in a statement.FIFA must take a further decision on using VAR at the World Cup in Russia, which kicks off June 14.That will likely come on March 16 when the FIFA Council meets in Bogota, Colombia.FIFA President Gianni Infantino has long said World Cup referees must get high-tech help to review key decisions at the 64-game tournament.Video review can overturn “clear and obvious errors” and “serious missed incidents” by match officials involving goals, penalty awards, red cards, and mistaken identity.The decision Saturday is among the most fundamental changes to soccer since the laws were codified 155 years ago.The VAR system has often created confusion in the first full season of live trials. Top-tier competitions which opted to use it include Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A.Several games at the 2017 Confederations Cup, FIFA’s World Cup warm-up tournament in Russia, also left players, coaches and fans in the stadium unsure what match officials were doing. Communication was unclear during reviews lasting minutes instead of a handful of seconds, which was the target suggested in 2016 when the protocol for using VAR was shaped and trials began.UEFA has already ruled out using VAR in the Champions League next season, and the English Premier League is also waiting to see the system can prove itself essential.Still, the International Football Association Board’s approval was expected Saturday because FIFA controls four of the eight votes. The four British soccer associations, which created IFAB in 1886, have one vote each, and six are needed to approve an idea.FIFA’s historical reluctance to embrace technological help for referees changed at the 2010 World Cup, after an England goal was not given despite Frank Lampard’s shot clearly crossing the German goal-line. Germany went on to win the Round of 16 game 4-1.At the 2014 World Cup, FIFA deployed goal-line technology. Referees were alerted with a simple yes-no signal to their watches after multiple camera angles judged if the ball crossed the line. Goal-line systems are now used at UEFA’s European Championship and in the Premier League.The potential use of video review was first announced on the eve of the World Cup tournament in Brazil.FIFA’s then-president Sepp Blatter surprised IFAB officials in Sao Paulo by suggesting coaches could call on video replays to challenge some refereeing decisions.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more