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Ecclestone casts doubt on FIA appeal

FIA appeal against Flavio Briatore ruling not definite, says F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that the FIA may not bother appealing against the French High Court's decision to quash Flavio Briatore's lifetime ban from F1.

Former Renault F1 boss Briatore and sporting director Pat Symonds were both handed bans after their part in the Singapore-gate race fixing scandal. However the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris recently upheld Briatore's claim that the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) hearing had been a 'sham' and that he had not been granted a free and fair trial.

Subsequently the FIA announced on January 11 that an appeal 'is merited' and 'would be prepared' in order to 'ensure the continuing integrity and safety of the sport'. However it now appears that appeal might not actually happen.

"They have the right to do it (appeal), but I don't know if they will," Ecclestone told the German news agency SID.

Ecclestone had previously said that he expected the row to rumble on throughout 2010: "It's not over by a long way," he told Britain's Telegraph newspaper at the start of this month.

"Just because a bloody judge has said what he's said doesn't make any difference. Nothing's happened.

"The court said it was wrong, so the FIA can start all over again with a new hearing, and it will go on and on and on. That's the worst thing. It would be better if they all get round a table and see what they can do."



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Commodore S - Unregistered

January 18, 2010 3:06 PM

The comments particularly of late are a bit hard to fathom when it comes to Bernie. His role in this whole affair should be impartial and without comment. Allow the legal process proceed without further outside intrusion. FIA have a face to protect and Briatore a axe to grind. If the truth sees daylight it will be for the benefit of F1 (Who this mess involves) as a sport of credibility who seek justice and not denial. FIA not only governs F1 however many motorsports worldwide who have to abide by their sanctions and require to be seen as a sanctioning body of credibility or why listen to them and abide by their criteria set down for Motorsport as a whole.



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