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Man Utd players punished for doping offences

Jon Wilde 31 Jul 2017
Manchester United's Daley Blind (second left) is booked during the UEFA Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo (credit: Getty Images)

Manchester United defenders Phil Jones and Daley Blind have been punished by UEFA after being found guilty of breaching doping regulations following the Europa League final in May.

Jones will miss next week’s UEFA Super Cup match against Real Madrid in Macedonia after being suspended for two matches, including the first Champions League group-stage game of the 2017-18 season, having been charged with verbally abusing a doping control officer.

The England defender was requested to attend drug-testing after the final in Stockholm on May 24, which United won 2-0, and has also been fined 5,000 euros.

It is understood Blind was reluctant to take a test as requested because he wanted to celebrate with his team-mates and was also fined 5,000 euros. There is no suggestion either player was guilty of doping.

United have been fined 10,000 euros over the rule breaches. 

The club are understood to be aware of UEFA's decisions and have three days to appeal against them.

In a statement, UEFA said:
“The club (United) has been charged for infringements of the UEFA anti-doping regulations (ADR) concerning the doping control procedure. 
“In particular, according to Appendix B (17) of the aforementioned regulations, ‘the teams are responsible for ensuring the players drawn to undergo doping controls are taken by the respective team representatives to the doping control station straight from the pitch as soon as the match is over. This applies even when chaperones are appointed by UEFA'.  
“The player Philip Jones has been charged for insulting and directing abusive language towards the doping control officer (Article 15 (1) of the UEFA disciplinary regulations), as well as for lack of co-operation and respect towards the doping control procedure (Article 6.05 ADR).  
“The player Daley Blind has been charged for violation and non-compliance with Article 6.05 (a) of the UEFA anti-doping regulations, which states that ‘every player designated to undergo as doping control is personally responsible for reporting immediately to the doping control station as notified’.”

Blind played the full 90 minutes against Ajax while Jones was an unused substitute.

With Eric Bailly also suspended after being sent off in the Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo and Marcos Rojo injured, it means Chris Smalling and new signing Victor Lindelof will almost certainly be United’s central defensive pairing against Real Madrid.


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