Monday 20 November 2017

Ilie Nastase could face expulsion from Laureus Academy following recent behaviour

BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Laureus World Sports Academy member Ilie Nastase is interviewed prior to the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards at Messe Berlin on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images for Laureus)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Laureus World Sports Academy member Ilie Nastase is interviewed prior to the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards at Messe Berlin on April 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images for Laureus)

Matt Slater

Ilie Nastase's recent behaviour could result in the Romanian losing his membership of the prestigious Laureus Academy.

The former world number one tennis player has been a member of the academy, which is best known for its charitable work and annual sports awards, since its inception in 2000.

But after his appalling behaviour at last weekend's Fed Cup match between Romania and Great Britain, the 70-year-old now faces the real possibility of being kicked out of a club that describes itself as a "unique association of living sporting legends".

In a statement given to Press Association Sport, a Laureus spokesman said: "Laureus disassociates itself fully with the recent comments made by Ilie Nastase, which do not represent the spirit and ethos of what we stand for. The Laureus Academy will be discussing the matter further internally."

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