Today’s guilty ruling by the Court of Arbitration in Sport in the case of Alberto Contador was followed by an extraordinary follow-up verdict on Oscar Pereiro. The winner of the 2006 Tour de France was handed a one year ban for tweeting an insulting obscenity directed at the court.
Shortly after the Contador verdict, Pereiro tweeted: “Do you know what I think? He is innocent, I know him. Hopefully he will go through with this to the end and then we will see who we pay for and who does their job like shit.”
Presiding judge Efraim Barak immediately lashed out at Pereiro: “He’s an idiot. I’ve put up with plenty of stupid crap during this Contador case but I’m done. First Becca makes his bozo comment about conflict of interest and now Pereiro dumps on me. We’ll see who has the last laugh.”
The high court in Lausanne, Switzerland delivered a unanimous ruling for a one year ban that covers the entire soccer season of Pereiro’s football club Coruxo FC of the Segunda División B. He is barred from playing any games.
“Yeah, that’s right. We just kicked that soccer player’s ass,” said Barak, clearly fed up with the circus atmosphere of the entire Contador affair. “You think it takes us a long time to issue a ruling? Bang, 10 minutes, one year for Pereiro.”
Pereiro’s tweet barrage didn’t stop with criticism of the Court for Arbitration in Sport but also attacked the UCI. “What really is rotten in cycling are the leaders who become millionaires with our sweat and effort. And they wait two years for this and don’t have the balls to say anything at the time? You will see the dust of Mr. McQuaid and company.”
Last month McQuaid, the president of the UCI, was called a “dick” by Australian bike racer Chloe Hosking after his comments regarding the state of women’s professional cycling. The lack of balls comment by Pereiro hit closer to home.
The governing body of the sport issued a press release this afternoon, regarding the matter: “The UCI fully supports the one year ban on Oscar Pereiro based on his insulting and outrageous remarks regarding the Alberto Contador verdict,” read the statement in part.
Reached for comment, McQuaid himself was in no mood for conciliation. “Pereiro thinks he can just shoot his mouth off, “said McQuaid. “Either I receive an immediate apology or I swear I’ll go back and strip his 2006 Tour win. I’m sure Andreas Kloden wouldn’t mind being declared the winner.”