Manchester City have been fined £35,000 following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing after the club admitted to breaching the FA’s rules on anti-doping.
They have also been warned over their future conduct by English football’s governing body. City were charged with failing to ensure their “club whereabouts” information was accurate, a breach of regulation 14(d).
Under the rule, clubs have to give details of training sessions and locations of their players so they are available to be tested at any time.
On three separate occasions, City failed to provide this information to the anti-doping agency. According to the Daily Mail, it’s believed the information was not updated following a change to training routines.
The FA released a statement on the matter:
“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”.
The violation concerned only the FA and not the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) or UK Anti-Doping, as neither of these bodies deal with team violations.
The club themselves will not be commenting on the matter.
Getting on with business
City travel to Huddersfield Town in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday. Following a 2-0 win away at Bournemouth last week, Pep Guardiola’s side are back on track this season. That victory took them back into second in the Premier League, eight points behind leaders Chelsea.
The team are also in Champions League action next week when they face AS Monaco at The Etihad on Tuesday, 21 February.
They will be looking to do better than Arsenal, who sunk to a 5-1 defeat away against Bayern Munich in their last-16 first leg tie earlier this week.
With City fighting on three fronts heading into the business end of the season, their fixture list will remain tightly packed, ensuring an exciting end to the campaign.