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Skullduggery on the docks

NOV. 1 — A former European champion powerboat racer has been banned from the sport for five years after allegedly tampering with the fuel supply of a rival’s boat.

The Royal Yachting Association found that champion racer Rob Lister poured water into a competitor’s fuel tank in September at the Liverpool (England) Powerboat Grand Prix, a BBC news report says. Lister and his navigator, William Nocker, both of the Fat Boy Racing team, were charged with gross misconduct and unsportsmanlike behavior and recently appeared before a RYA disciplinary panel.

“The tribunal’s decision, having taken into account all the available evidence and witness statements, sends out a very clear message that misconduct and unsporting or antisocial behavior will not be tolerated within our sport,” RYA disciplinary board chairman Roger Trotman says in the report. Lister and Nocker were stripped of their racing licenses and will not be eligible for new ones until 2012.

Fat Boy Racing has less than a week remaining to file an appeal against the ruling, the news report says.

— Jason Fell