Europe's top boxing official warned after power struggle

MOSCOW (AP) Europe's top boxing official received a formal warning in a case which highlighted the sport's power struggles, the International Boxing Association said Saturday.

Tom Virgets, the executive director of AIBA, told The Associated Press that European Boxing Confederation president Franco Falcinelli was given the warning last month.

The Italian is a leading power-broker in the troubled world of amateur boxing but was suspended last year after a rift with Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov, who was elected AIBA president in November. Falcinelli was provisionally reinstated later that month. In an AIBA statement accompanying that ruling, he said he would now back Rakhimov and praised his "strong commitment."

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