Short Sport, October 13, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 October, 2012, 4:01am

Malaysian official gets six-year dope ban

A senior Malaysian sports official has been slapped with a six-year ban after being found guilty of involvement in two separate doping scandals. The Malaysian Athletic Federation (MAF) suspended Karim Ibrahim, 57, who was the body's deputy president from 2008 to last month, with immediate effect. This is the first time that a sports official in Malaysia has been suspended. Karim was investigated last February for allegedly supplying banned drugs to a gold medal-winning athlete at the Southeast Asian Games. Karim, an ex-athletics coach, is also alleged to have told six sprinters not to provide their urine samples for doping tests. AFP

McLaren's spy fine declared tax deductible

The McLaren Formula One team have argued successfully in Britain that a record £32 million (HK$397 million) fine they paid after a 2007 spying controversy should be tax deductible. McLaren had declared that the fine - originally £62 million but reduced by the loss of revenue resulting from being stripped of all their points - was "connected" with trade and should be exempt from corporation tax. Government officials had claimed "illicit gathering" of information was not a part of the team's trading activities. The fine was imposed after Ferrari data was found in the possession of the team's then-chief designer, Mike Coughlan. Reuters

Edgar Davids joins Barnet as manager

Former Netherlands midfielder Edgar Davids has been hired by English fourth-tier soccer strugglers Barnet as a manager, with plans for another comeback as a player. League Two's last-placed club said Davids, 39, would form an "equal partnership" with head coach Mark Robson. Davids said: "I am very excited about the challenge ahead." He has appeared 74 times for the Netherlands in a career that also took him to AC Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Tottenham. AP

Probe into police action at Hillsborough

Britain's police watchdog said yesterday it would launch the biggest-ever independent inquiry into potential police wrongdoing after a damning report about the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium disaster. After an exhaustive review of thousands of formerly secret documents, the and independent panel's report last month exposed police attempts to deflect blame on to Liverpool supporters, 96 of whom died in the stadium crush in an FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Sheffield United. It found 164 police statements had been altered, 116 of them to remove or change "unfavourable" accounts about the force's actions. AFP