Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
West Ham United has become the third Premier League club to be charged with failing to ensure its ‘whereabouts’ information is accurate during the last year. ‘West Ham United have been charged in relation to The FA’s Rules on Anti-Doping, specifically Regulation 14(d)’, read a Football Association (FA) statement. ‘It is alleged the club failed to ensure its ‘Club Whereabouts’ information was accurate on three occasions within 12-months. West Ham have until 27 February 2018 to respond to the charge.’
‘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’, read a club statement. ‘We would like to make it clear that the breach is a Club administrative matter and does not concern any of our players’.
Under the FA’s Anti-Doping Regulations (click here to download), clubs are required to provide information including:
• training dates;
• the start and finish times of training sessions;
• the address at which training will take place;
• home addresses of players and any other address at which a player may reside overnight.
‘It shall also be a breach of this Regulation 14 by the Club if the information contained in such reports is either initially inaccurate or has not been updated by the Club as necessary to ensure it remains accurate, three times within any 12 month period’, reads Regulation 14(d).
Last year, the FA charged Manchester City and AFC Bournemouth under the same Regulation. ‘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’, read a statement, which prompted calls for more meaningful sanctions against football clubs found to have breached FA doping regulations. AFC Bournemouth was later fined the same amount.
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