February 21 – English Premier League club West Ham United are facing a Football Association charge alleging they broke rules on anti-doping procedures.
The FA have launched disciplinary proceedings against the club claiming it failed to ensure its ‘Club Whereabouts’ information was correct on three occasions in the past year. West Ham have been given a week to respond to the charges.
The particular rule relates to clubs making sure they provide information making it clear where their players, or at least one of their players, are at certain times of each day, for drug testers to potentially carry out random checks.
There is no indication of any wrong-doing on behalf of any of the players, and it is understood the breaches are down to administrative errors.
A West Ham spokesman said: “The breach relates to administrative oversights on The FA’s whereabouts system, for example a player’s address had been registered and the house number digits transposed, and the Club will be responding to The FA in due course.”
As well as players being individually responsible for keeping The FA informed of their whereabouts, clubs must inform The FA of their training schedules, any changes to the time or location, which players are attending and a list of addresses where each player regularly resides. A club which fails to adhere to these requirements three times within a 12-month rolling period face a potential charge.
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