Manchester United players Phil Jones and Daley Blind had been sanctioned after found guilty of breaching the UEFA’s doping regulations after the Europa League final in May.
It was understood that Jones was upset for missing out on a squad photograph taken after the match, which also pays tribute to victims of the Manchester terrorist attack earlier in the week. He expressed this disappointment to officials at the time.
On the other hand, Blind did feature on that photograph and join in some of the celebrations, albeit accompanied by a chaperone. However, although permitted in other competitions it was not the case in this instance.
Jones, 25, had been found to have been verbally abusive towards a doping control officer after he was requested to attend drug-testing after the final in Stockholm on 24 May.
UEFA has since handed a two-match ban for the Englishman, who will now miss the UEFA Super Cup match against Real Madrid next week, as well as United’s first Champions League group stage match in September, while also being fined for €5,000.
As for Blind, while it was understood that he did not realise he had done anything wrong until reaching doping control, Blind was fined €5,000 for his own breaching of regulations.
UEFA has also fined Manchester United for €10,000 over the rule breaches, despite no suggestions that either player was guilty of doping. Blind featured the full 90 minutes against his old club Ajax in the final, while Jones was an unused substitute.