List of sporting scandals

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This is a list of major sports scandals:

Scandals in baseball[edit]

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Scandals in college sports[edit]

American football scandals[edit]

Match-fixing scandals[edit]

Ice hockey scandals[edit]

Football scandals[edit]

Rugby union scandals[edit]

Olympic Games scandals[edit]

Paralympic Games[edit]

  • Cheating at the Paralympic Games - In the 2000 Summer Paralympics athletes from Spain competed won the gold medal in the Basketball ID event despite the majority of players not having an intellectual disability. The fallout from this scandal saw all events for athletes with intellectual disabilities removed from the next two Summer Paralympics.[10]

Golf scandals[edit]

  • Jane Blalock cheating controversy – One of the LPGA Tour's top players, Jane Blalock, was accused of illegally marking her golf ball on the green. She was suspended and fined by the tour, but Blalock in turn filed suit and won an injunction allowing her to continue playing. Blalock eventually won her lawsuit and she and the LPGA reached an out-of-court settlement.
  • Vijay Singh, a former number one golfer in the world, was suspended from the [PGA Tour] for using deer antler spray, which violates the [PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policy]. Likewise, in 1985, Vijay Singh was caught erasing his score on a hole and replacing it with a lower score after the scorecard had been signed. Once the rules officials confirmed the allegations, Vijay was banned from the [Asian Tour]. To this day, Vijay will not acknowledge that he cheated.[11]

Cricket scandals[edit]

  • John the bookmaker controversy – A scandal in which Australia's Mark Waugh and Shane Warne were paid in 1994–95 to provide information on pitch and weather conditions to an Indian bookmaker. The scandal came to light in 1998.
  • Pakistan cricket spot-fixing scandal – In 2010, three Pakistan players—team captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir—were accused of involvement in a spot-fixing scheme in which they allegedly accepted large sums of money to influence specific events within a match, as opposed to an actual match result. After an investigation, the ICC banned all three from the sport for periods from 5 to 10 years. Later, Butt and Asif were tried in a London court and found guilty of charges related to the scheme, whilst Amir pleaded guilty to similar charges in the same court. All received prison sentences ranging from 6 to 30 months.

Scandals in motorsport[edit]

Scandals in horse racing[edit]

  • Horse murders—From 1975 - 1995 wealthy owners and trainers of show jumping horses conspired to electrocute and otherwise kill over-valued as well as under-performing animals in a 20-year-long scheme to defraud insurance companies; crimes also committed during this equestrian sports scandal include extortion, mail fraud, animal cruelty, and the murder of at least one human being.
  • Fine Cotton/Bold Personality ring-in — A 1984 betting scam in which the conspirators, which included some elite figures in Australian Thoroughbred racing, substituted the far more talented Bold Personality for Fine Cotton in a low-class race. The scheme was discovered immediately after the race, and the investigation led to lifetime bans for six individuals and bans of more than a decade for at least two more.

Scandals in sumo wrestling[edit]

Scandals in tennis[edit]

Boxing Scandals[edit]

Doping scandals[edit]

  • Doping in sport
  • Ben Johnson's positive test for steroids after his 1988 Olympic victory in the 100 metres
  • The Festina affair, a series of doping investigations and scandals surrounding the 1998 Tour de France, initially focusing on the Festina cycling team but quickly spreading to several other teams.
  • The Mitchell Report, in which 88 current and former Major League Baseball (MLB) players were alleged to have used steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs
  • The conviction of Bonds in 2011 on obstruction of justice charges related to the BALCO investigation
  • Operación Puerto (2006) - a Spanish investigation into a doping scheme allegedly involving many top cyclists, including several potential contenders in the 2006 Tour de France
  • Floyd Landis doping case (2006) – Floyd Landis, initially the winner of the 2006 Tour, tested positive for synthetic testosterone and was stripped of his title.
  • Doping at the 2007 Tour de France – The 2007 Tour de France was rocked by a series of doping scandals. Two riders, including pre-race favorite Alexander Vinokourov, were disqualified for doping offenses. Both teams involved pulled out of the Tour. A third rider, who had abandoned the Tour after a crash, was revealed to have tested positive for testosterone before the Tour. The race leader, Michael Rasmussen, was removed from the Tour by his team with four stages left amid questions surrounding his possible involvement in doping.
  • Lance Armstrong doping case (2012) – After having been accused of doping for much of the latter part of his career, Lance Armstrong became the subject of an investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The USADA report revealed that he had engaged in a highly sophisticated doping campaign from 1998 onward. Following the report, the UCI stripped all of Armstrong's results and awards from that time forward, including his then-record seven Tour de France wins.
  • Biogenesis baseball scandal (2013) – More than a dozen MLB players were found to have received PEDs, mainly human growth hormone, from a now-defunct anti-aging clinic in the Miami area. In all, 13 players received suspensions of 50 or more games, with the longest being given to Alex Rodriguez (162 games) and Ryan Braun (65 games). The number of players suspended is the most for any single incident in the history of organized baseball in North America.


  1. ^ "11 of the 12 footballs deflated". ESPN. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
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  3. ^ "2000 Paralympic basketball scandal". Daily Mail UK. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Новости :: Скандал на Кубке Содружества: чемпионы Армении отказались играть с азербайджанцами". 
  5. ^ "Turkish court charges 15 more in Fenerbahce match-fixing scandal". the Guardian. 
  6. ^ "Şike Davası'nda yeniden yargılama kararı". Sabah. 23 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Πόρισμα εισαγγελέα Αριστείδη Κορρέα για την ύπαρξη εγκληματικής οργάνωσης στο ποδόσφαιρο (in Greek). Public Prosecutor's Office of District Court Judges. 3 December 2014. p. 12. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Πόρισμα εισαγγελέα Αριστείδη Κορρέα για την ύπαρξη εγκληματικής οργάνωσης στο ποδόσφαιρο (in Greek). Public Prosecutor's Office of District Court Judges. 3 December 2014. p. 159. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Benammar, Emily (2009-08-18). "Dean Richards ban: how 'Bloodgate' saga unfolded". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  10. ^ "Intellectual disability ban ends". BBC News. 21 November 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Golf Spelled Backwards*." : The Vijay Singh Cheating Incident. Golf Spelled Backwards, 30 Jan. 2013. Web. 8 May 2015.

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