Anti-doping violations have dogged areas of the sporting world over the past year or so, and now Manchester City are facing punishment.
The Football Association announced on Wednesday that the two-time Premier League champions have been charged with misconduct, but the matter is in relation to the club itself rather than any player or individual. A statement read:
“Manchester City 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). City have until 19 January 2017 to respond to the charge.”
No specific details have been released regarding the alleged violation, but it is important to point out that the charge is in no way related to rules set out by the World Anti-Doping Agency or UK Anti-Doping.
The alleged breach in question is solely under FA rules, which state that all clubs must keep the English governing body informed of their teams’ locations at all times. This is so that drug tests can be carried out appropriately.
If found guilty, Pep Guardiola’s club will be punished, but Sky Sports News report that the club would most likely receive a fine rather than a ban.
The broadcaster also states that the charge is not related to the controversy surrounding Samir Nasri, who is being investigated over claims that he had intravenous drip treatment at a clinic in Los Angeles.