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Manchester City face fine after admitting breach of doping rules

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 January, 2017, 2:21am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 January, 2017, 11:21am

Manchester City are to appear before the Football Association after admitting breaching anti-doping rules, a club spokesman confirmed on Friday.

The Premier League side are now set to be fined around £25,000 (HK$243,000)after being charged with failing to ensure anti-doping officials knew where their players were for drug testing.

City had until Friday afternoon to respond after being given more time to assess the charge, which was levelled earlier this month following an alleged third violation of ‘whereabouts’ rules in the last 12 months.

City have now informed the Football Association, English football’s governing body, they will not be contesting he charge and face a sanction of five figures.

Clubs must provide accurate details of training sessions and player whereabouts so they are available for testing at all times.

A date will now be set for an Independent Regulatory Commission to hear the case.

No specific details of the three incidents involved have been made public, but it is understood City face a general misconduct charge rather than one relating to particular individuals.

Sources have indicated the hearing will be held within the next few days or at most two weeks, rather than months.

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The Football Association conducts drug testing post-match, at training sessions and at players’ home addresses.

Players can be selected for a drug test in either a random or a targeted basis.

In the last Football Association figures published, in 2014, there were nine violations from a total of 152,286 samples.

The charge facing City is purely a Football Association matter as the World Anti-Doping Agency and UK Anti-Doping do not have the jurisdiction to cover violations of drug rules by sports teams.

Any fine will be ploughed back into football via the Football Association, which is a non-profit making organisation.