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Two Man Utd players sanctioned for breaching UEFA doping regulations

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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.

Russia’s 2014 World Cup squad under FIFA doping investigation

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The entire 23-man Russian squad who participated in the 2014 World Cup is being investigated by FIFA for possible violations of drug regulations.

Although the country is currently is in the midst of hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup and is set to stage the World Cup in under a year, the allegations are likely to throw their appropriateness to stage such events into serious doubt.

Russia’s 2014 23-man World Cup team who had been eliminated in the group stages of the Brazil World Cup three years ago, are amongst the 34 Russian footballers currently being investigated by football’s world governing body for possible drug violations.

The allegations made against them were published and authored by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren. It found at least 1,000 people were assisted by what McLaren described as an “institutionalised manipulation of the doping control process in Russia”.

Five of the 23 players tested in 2014 are members of the squad that was knocked out of the Confederations Cup on Saturday.

While it is well-known that Russia is guilty of state-sponsored doping and cover-up across important sport events such as the Olympics, this is the first time top-level footballers in the country have been placed under investigation and there were yet to be evidence of any anti-doping violations.

Although it was understood that FIFA was in possession of detailed evidence and intelligence, a spokesman said: “FIFA is still investigating the allegations made against [Russian] football players.”

 

Sharapova ban sentence reduced after appeal

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Maria Sharapova’s two-year doping ban has been reduced to 15 months following her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Sharapova, 29, was initially banned by the International Tennis Federation for two years after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

Meldonium, a heart disease drug also known as mildronate, was listed as a banned substance on 1 January 2016.

Sharapova said she had been taking the drug since 2006 for health problems and had “not tried to use a performance-enhancing substance”, adding that she was unaware the drug had been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (Wada) banned list.

The CAS panel that reviewed the case said it found Sharapova’s case “was not about an athlete who cheated.”

While the panel also added that she could be “under no circumstances… considered to be an ‘intentional doper’”, it asserted that Sharapova was at fault for not giving her agent “adequate instructions” in checking Wada’s prohibited list and “failing to supervise and control” her agent.

The tribunal ruling said Sharapova tested positive for meldonium after her Australian Open quarter-final defeat by Serena Williams on 26 January and in an out-of-competition test on 2 February.

CAS treated both results as a single anti-doping violation.

After the appeal, the five-time Grand Slam winner will be able to return to the tennis court on 26 April next year, possibly in time for next year’s French Open.

Meanwhile, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) says that they will take steps so that players will not be able to plead ignorance should they be found guilty of doping.

“We have reviewed, and will continue to review, our processes for communicating changes to the prohibited list to players with the aim of ensuring that no player can claim that they had not been fully informed,” a statement from the organization added.