Gary Neville blasts FA over anti-doping punishments

Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville has lashed out at the FA over their handling of the anti-doping regulations.

Bournemouth were charged for a breach of its regulations, while Manchester City  were charged with a similar offence last month and were handed a £35,000 fine on Thursday having not contested the claim.

Neville’s former teammate at club and international level, Rio Ferdinand, was banned in 2003 for eight months for missing a drugs test. The ban caused Ferdinand to miss the European Championships in 2014, where England were knocked out in the Quarter-Finals by Portugal.

Neville was one of the ringleaders involved in calling for England players go on strike before their qualifier with Turkey in Istanbul in 2003.

He took to Twitter to accuse the governing body of English football of double-standards.

He said: ‘Clubs breach anti-doping and nothing! Player gets 8 months and misses a European championships! Should have followed through with the strike.’

A statement released on both the Bournemouth and FA websites on Friday afternoon read: ‘AFC Bournemouth have been charged in relation to The FA’s rules on anti-doping.

‘It is alleged the club failed to ensure that their ‘Club Whereabouts’ information was accurate, contrary to Regulation 14(d).

‘AFC Bournemouth have until Thursday 23rd February 2017 to respond to the charge.’

The sort of information required by the FA includes providing the times of training sessions and home addresses of players or other addresses where the team may stay overnight.

By Steve Osborne                 @BlizzardSteve75






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