The Football Association have hit AFC Bournemouth with a second punishment inside 24 hours.
Following the Football Association’s controversial decision to hand AFC Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings a extended five match suspension for his alleged stamp on Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the FA have now fined the Cherries following their breach of anti-doping rules.
Last month a brief statement on afcb.co.uk confirmed the FA charge…
‘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.
As part of anti-doping regulations, AFC Bournemouth are required to provide details to the Football Association in regards to the whereabouts of all players at all times so that they can be drug testing at any point.
This includes training session times and locations, as well as the where players are living, either on a permanent or short term basis.
Football clubs appear to be allowed two strikes of failing to keep information up to date, but will suffer a charge if a third strike occurs within a 12 month period.
The Daily Mail reported that…
Bournemouth’s three strikes involved three different players. In one instance a player had moved house and his new details had not been logged by Bournemouth on the system operated and policed by UK Anti-Doping.
On the other two occasions, it is believed two different youth-team players were absent from the club’s Canford base, where the non first-team sides train, because they had been called by Eddie Howe to the main training ground adjacent to the Vitality Stadium, with a view to training with the first team.
AFC Bournemouth admitting a breach of The FA’s rules on anti-doping and following a Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, the Cherries have now been fined £35,000 and warned as to their future conduct according to afcb.co.uk.
Premier League football is a mega-money business and this is an important part of running that business for a relatively small overhead. Compare and contrast with an athlete who is good but not yet elite who has to do the same whilst living and funding coaches on a relative pittance. Yet those athletes get a two year ban for the same offence.
Happening once, well mistakes happen. Twice? The person in charge should have got the mother of all b******ings. Three times… just doesn’t look or smell good. Either suspicious or of rank incompetence. My money’s on the latter. – Join the conversation here.
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