Gurpegi Case
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Gurpegi Case

Yesterday, both Athletic Club and the football player Carlos Gurpegi submitted a written request to…

Athletic Club
Athletic Club
Mar 13, 2003

Yesterday, both Athletic Club and the football player Carlos Gurpegi submitted a written request to the Spanish Sports Disciplinary Committee, in which they asked the committee, that depends on the Sports Superior Council, to resolve the appeals which have been lodged against the provisional suspension of the footballer’s license as urgently as possible and during the meeting that will be held next Friday 14th . In order to do this, the Club as well as the player have asked to have the final statement proceedings of the appeal carried out. This will hence close the administrative channel and it will only be possible to appeal against it in a civil court. Athletic Club hopes that the most important sports governing body will take the appeals favourably and that they will put an end to the infringement of both article 156, of the federative Statutes, and article 41 of the Royal Decree of Sports Discipline. As for the principal procedure, Carlos Gurpegi sent his last petition of appeals to the judge of the Competition Committee. In this petition, there is a proposal to test the player in case any of the parts in the procedure challenged the conclusions presented in a study prepared by the University of Extremadura, something which has not happened up to now. This proposal consists of having the player undergo a number of physical tests under similar conditions to the ones in the Anoeta match (2002, September 1) and the match in Valladolid (2002, December 15). This is to say, what is proposed -in this case- is to test the player and take samples before and after an official competition match so that the player’s physical shape and mental condition are similar to the ones he had at the moment in which different samples were taken in Donostia and Valladolid. Later on, these tests would be sent, by means of an absolutely guaranteed procedure, to a laboratory of the judge’s choice. As far as Athletic Club is involved, they will send their appeals as soon as they are summoned. Likewise, we would like to point out that the Competition Committee has agreed to accept the petition made by Manuel Fraile Azpeitia, the judge in the legal proceedings initiated against Carlos Gurpegi, which is to extend, for 15 days, the closing date for the hearings. In this sense, Athletic Club wants to ratify its sense of defenselessness and make it patently clear to public opinion that the authorities involved in the case are delaying the resolution of this process to the detriment of our player Carlos Gurpegi and the entity itself.