New England Patriots quarter-back Tom Brady’s four-game ban over allegations footballs were deliberately under-inflated before an NFL play-off game last year has been reinstated.
The 38-year-old was initially sanctioned following an inquiry, led by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, into what became known as ‘deflate-gate’.
The inquiry’s report found that Brady was aware of a scheme to under-inflate the balls at the Patriots.
It concluded Brady “knew about, approved of, consented to, and provided inducements and rewards” to ensure balls were deflated.
It is believed deflated balls are easier to throw and catch.
Brady vehemently fought the ban and it was subsequently overturned by a federal judge.
But the NFL’s appeal against that ruling was upheld on Monday, meaning Brady will now miss the first four games of the coming NFL season, which starts in September.
The NFL said in a statement: “We are pleased the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled today that the Commissioner properly exercised his authority under the collective bargaining agreement to act in cases involving the integrity of the game.”
The NFL Players Association, which represented Brady, said: “We fought Roger Goodell’s suspension of Tom Brady because we know he did not serve as a fair arbitrator and that players’ rights were violated under our collective bargaining agreement.
“Our Union will carefully review the decision, consider all of our options and continue to fight for players’ rights and for the integrity of the game.”