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Russia’s Cheryshev under scrutiny for alleged doping breach

September 13 – Denis Cheryshev, who became the darling of Russian football when scoring four goals at the World Cup, is under investigation for an alleged doping violation according to reports.

Spanish anti-doping authorities have apparently opened an investigation into the 27-year-old, currently on loan at Valencia from Villarreal, after his father talked to the Russian media about an injection that his son had for an injury.

Dimitri Cheryshev told Sport Weekend that Denis had received an injection of “growth hormone” (HGH) which, without a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) , can be punished with up to a four-year ban.

Cheryshev’s father has since said that he was misquoted but a spokesman from the Spanish Agency for Health Protection in Sport (AEPSAD) said: “We can confirm we have started an investigation to find out more information about the case.”

Cheryshev played five World Cup games as hosts Russia reached the last eight. Asked about the probe, the player told Sport-Express: “On my side, everything has been honest and I think there will be no problem. I think we’d better leave this case in the hands of medics, who have done everything right.”

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