International Court of Appeal upholds Corberi’s 15-year kart ban
Corberi has been condemned by the motorsport community after a video of the 2020 world karting finals in Lonato went viral on social media, where the 23-year-old was seen throwing a bumper at his compatriot Paolo Ippolito after being involved in a collision with him the previous round.
In another video posted later, Corberi appeared to attack Ippolito in the closed park, with the incident turning into a real brawl.
Italian authorities and the FIA have opened an investigation into the case, with the governing body announcing a 15-year ban on Corberi from participating in professional motorsport at the end of April following a meeting of the International Tribunal.
The court said it was considering a lifetime ban, but considered he should eventually have the option of returning to motorsport after serving an initial suspension.
Corberi’s defense had previously argued that, as the Italian authorities had already taken action against him for both incidents, the FIA did not have the right to impose further sanctions on the same grounds. They also argued that Corberi’s actions were “in a state of anger, determined by the wrongdoing of others” after a collision with Ippolito caused him to withdraw from the race.
An example of skiing was also given as a reference, where an athlete was banned for a single event after being found assaulting another competitor.
At the previous hearing, the FIA court dismissed Corberi’s defense, claiming that the FIA had independent jurisdiction over the case and that the Italian authorities had not yet taken action regarding his behavior anyway. .
Photo by: FIA Karting World Championship
On October 4, 2020, on the South Garda Karting circuit in Lonato, as part of the 2020 FIA KZ Karting World Championship Final, the driver Mr Luca Corberi was involved in the following incidents:
(i) he threw the front fairing of his kart on the track while other drivers were still competing;
(ii) he physically assaulted another driver.
On February 1, 2021, the President of the FIA decided to submit this case to the International Tribunal in accordance with article 4.2 a) of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Regulations.
On April 19, 2021, the International Tribunal, after hearing the parties and considering their submissions, decided to:
– Confirm the disqualification of Mr. Luca Corberi from the competition in Lonato, Italy (FIA Karting-KZ World Championship 2020);
Impose a suspension on Mr. Luca Corberi (Article 12.3.1.n of the FIA International Sporting Code (1) and a ban (Articles 5.2.2.b (2) and 5.2.2.d (3) of the Judicial Code and Disciplinary Rules) for a period of 15 years from the date of entry into force of the decision of the International Tribunal.
(1) Suspension deprives, for a fixed period of time, the person subject to it of the right to participate, directly or indirectly and in any capacity whatsoever, in (i) any Competition organized or regulated by the FIA or the ASNs ( or placed under their authority), and (ii) all preparatory practice and training organized or regulated by the FIA or the ASNs (or placed under their authority) or organized by their members or license holders. (Article 12.4.1.n of the FIA International Sporting Code 2021)
(2) Prohibition to participate or to exercise a role, directly or indirectly, in competitions, events or championships organized directly or indirectly on behalf of or by the FIA, or subject to the regulations and decisions of the FIA
(3) Prohibition from exercising within the FIA any function whatsoever as director general, member of a committee or chairman of a committee, or any function of any nature whatsoever on behalf of the FIA and / or within a body of the FIA FIA
On April 23, 2021, Mr. Luca Corberi decided to appeal the decision of the International Tribunal.
Decision of the International Court of Appeal
The Court, after hearing the parties and considering their submissions, decided:
Reject the appeal;
Maintain the decision of the International Tribunal (i.e. suspension and ban for a period of 15 years).
The International Court of Appeal was chaired by Mr. Harry DUIJM (Netherlands), and included Mr. Michael GRECH (Malta), Mr. Philippe NARMINO (Monaco) and Mr. Erich SEDELMAYER (Austria).