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Tuesday 6 December 2016

No action over death of fighter after bout

Carvalho died after city fight
Carvalho died after city fight

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has decided the circumstances surrounding the death of MMA fighter Joao Carvalho did not breach health and safety legislation and has ceased its investigations.

The Portuguese fighter died in April a few days after a bout with Ireland's Charlie Ward during a Total Extreme Fighting (TEF) event at Dublin's National Stadium.

The tragedy sparked a huge debate about the safety procedures and precautions at MMA events.

A spokesperson for the HSA told the Medical Independent: "Following the examination of the circumstances relating to the death of Mr Carvalho, the authority sought to determine whether there was any employer/employee relationship involving Mr Carvalho in relation to the MMA event in which he participated.

"We have determined that Mr Carvalho participated as a professional self-employed fighter in relation to the MMA event.

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"The nature of his participation was such that there was no employer/employee relationship between Mr Carvalho and anyone else involved in staging or promoting the event.

"The authority has therefore ended its inquiries with no further action under health and safety legislation being taken."

Gardai are continuing to prepare a file to present to the Dublin Coroner's Court.

This week, the French Sports Ministry published a report that effectively bans MMA events.

In a press release, the ministry lays out several rules governing such events.

The octagonal cage used for MMA bouts would be prohibited by a clause that states: "Fights will take place on a carpet or in a ring with three or four ropes. The corners of the ring will be protected."

The report goes on to outlaw several techniques integral to MMA.

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