February 17 – Eyebrows have been raised at the leniency of a £35,000 fine meted out by cash-rich English Premier League club Manchester City for breaching anti-doping rules.
Clubs are required to provide accurate details of training sessions and player whereabouts so they are available for testing at all times and City failed to ensure their information was accurate on three occasions within 12 months.
Current guidelines recommend fines of around £25,000 for such breaches so the independent regulatory commission which looked into the case had its hands tied. But the FA is now apparently reviewing the sanctioning guidelines.
A statement from the FA read: “Following an independent regulatory commission hearing, Manchester City have been fined £35,000 and warned as to their future conduct after admitting a breach of the FA’s rules on anti-doping. City were charged with failing to ensure their ‘club whereabouts’ information was accurate, contrary to Regulation 14(d).”
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