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ICC boss comments on guilty verdicts

11-02-2011 16:38 BJT

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The CEO of the International Criket Council, Hooran Lorgat, says the guilty verdicts handed out to Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif should act as a deterrent and stop others from corrupting the sport.

Hooran Lorgat said, "These outcomes appear to be consistent with the findings of the independent anti-corruption tribunal which was appointed earlier this year to hear charges brought against the three players by the ICC under our own Anti-Corruption Code. As you all know, those proceedings ultimately resulted in the three players being found guilty of offences under the Anti-Corruption Code and they were accordingly suspended from all forms of cricket for five, seven and ten years. To be clear, the developments in the English criminal courts will have no impact upon those periods of suspension, which will remain in full force and effect. The ICC takes no pleasure from the fact that these players stepped outside not only the laws of the game but also the criminal laws of the country in which they were participating. In addition to constituting offences under the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code, for which sporting sanctions have been imposed, such conduct has now been shown to constitute criminal behaviour for which serious criminal sanctions can also be imposed. Of course, we note that the Judge is yet to determine the appropriate sentence for each of the three players so I do not comment further in that regard, but we hope that this verdict is seen as a further warning to any individual who might, for whatever reason, be tempted to engage in corrupt activity within our sport."

 

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