Case of the paris xing : Nikola Karabatic suspended for six matches


In September, the player had waived his right to appeal in cassation.
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Nikola Karabatic will not come back soon on the handball courts. Friday, the disciplinary committee of the Ligue national de handball (LNH) has decided to suspend the French for six matches of “national competitions”, in the context of the scandal of the paris fixing. Two of the matches concerned will be appointed, with the agreement of the player, in work of general interest (TIG), said the NHL in a press release. “A total of 20 hours”. His brother Luka Karabatic, already suspended in the past, has been sentenced to two matches of suspension that can be replaced by TIG.

“These decisions will take effect at the end of an appeal period of seven days,” added the NHL in a press release. They apply only to domestic competition. Remains to be seen whether the French Federation (FFHB) decide to extend the matches of the France team at Euro (12-28 January in Croatia). After having auditioned on Monday, the disciplinary committee found that both players of the team of France and Paris Saint-Germain “are each guilty of a behavior that is not consistent with the principles and rules of conduct applicable to the practice of handball”.

A first conviction in February

His brother has been sentenced to two matches of suspension replaceable in TIG. The pivot 29-year-old, who has admitted to have bet, had already been sentenced to four matches of suspension farm in February 2013 when he was playing under the colors of Aix-en-Provence. Nikola Karabatic, 33, has always denied his involvement in the alleged facts, and had been acquitted by the jury of appeal of the FFHB. The two players faced up to two years of suspension subject to financial penalties, according to the rules of the League concerning the offences related to sports betting.

The FFHB had opened, the first, the path to disciplinary sanctions against the figurehead of the handball French Nikola Karabatic and his brother Luka on September 15, after their waiver of appeal by cassation in this case. They had been sentenced in February to a two-month suspended prison sentence and 10,000 euros fine by the court of appeal of Montpellier, had then appealed to the highest court in court to challenge this decision before, finally, give it up. It focused on wagers, an amount of more than eur 100 000, around a match lost by their former club Montpellier, already crowned champion of France on may 12, 2012 in front of club de Cesson, who was attempting to avoid relegation in the lower division.

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