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Information on positive doping samples poses no threat to Russian football – sports chief

August 05, 15:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Life-ru web portal earlier published the names of 11 footballers
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MOSCOW, August 5. /TASS/. The information that 11 Russian footballers have tested positive for doping poses no threat to Russian football, Sports Minister and President of the Russian Football Union (RFU) Vitaly Mutko said on Friday.

Life-ru web portal earlier published the names of 11 footballers, the information on whom had been transferred by the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).

The Commission claims that the footballers’ positive doping samples were concealed. According to Life.ru, the list mentions footballers Ruslan Kambolov, Pavel Solomatin, Ivan Knyazev, Sergei Yevtushenko, Yegor Generalov, Sergei Petrov, Ilya Zuyev, Mikhail Mishchenko, Yegor Nikulin, Kamila Alekseyeva and Yekaterina Maslak.

Meanwhile, Alekseyeva has already served her two-year suspension for doping while the disqualification of Maslak will expire in October this year.

Doping samples of nine Russian footballers, mentioned in the recent report of WADA’s Independent Commission, tested negative, Vitaly Mutko announced on Friday.

The Independent Commission of WADA, chaired by Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, released the now-infamous July 18 report on the results of a probe into the accusations of widespread doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials, most particularly at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Mutko said that the list of suspected Russian doping-abuse footballers was sent to the RFU and FIFA.

"The RFU turned to the RUSADA - the Russian Anti-Doping Agency - for explanations and received explanations," Mutko said. "Doping samples of nine players have tested negative."

"Two more doping samples are securely stored," Mutko said. "They were collected during the international competitions period and are therefore in strict possession of FIFA at the moment."

Starting this year doping control in Russian sports has been conducted by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) strictly under the supervision of the British anti-doping agency (UKAD).

FIFA earlier confirmed to TASS that it was holding a probe into the information disclosed in a report by the WADA Independent Commission.

"I don’t see any threats for Russian football in this connection as the Russian Football Union has nothing to do with this. There shouldn’t be any scares. The RFU has nothing to do with this," Mutko said.

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