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News about anti-doping probe against Russian football team players is fake — executive

June 26, 18:25 UTC+3 ST. PETERSBURG

There have been not a single doping-related incident in Russian football, Director General of the Russia-2018 Local Organizing Committee Alexei Sorokin said

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ST. PETERSBURG, June 26. /TASS/. Media reports about alleged doping investigation into Russian footballers who played for the Russian national team at the 2014 World Cup are fake as they have nothing to do with reality, Director General of the Russia-2018 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and member of the Russian Football Union’s executive committee Alexei Sorokin said on Monday.

The Mail on Sunday (Daily Mail) wrote late on Saturday that FIFA was investigating into 34 Russian football players suspected of doping use: "the entire Russian squad for Rio 2014" and "another 11 players."

"My first emotion was: that’s good that the media outlet writes about such things - it means that the tournament is going on smoothly, problem-free. But to be serious, it is strange that such reports appear now as it is obvious that the news is fake," Sorokin said.

"We received an answer from FIFA that all doping tests were negative. I don’t see anything to discuss. There have been not a single doping-related incident in Russian football. So, it’s better discuss some other problems," he stressed.

"We cooperate with FIFA and other organizations concerned on these issues. The test results are absolutely clear, and this is what matters. Why should we comment on somebody’s guesswork, we’d better speak about the facts. There have been a lot of cases when sample were taken from the entire team and none of them tested positive," Sorokin added.

"I can be sure of that as doping testing has been carried out regularly for many years. Most of our footballers play for their clubs in European Cup tournaments. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) gave to understand that no doping abuses by Russian football players have been reported. And it is beyond my competences to comment on any data from the McLaren report," he underscored.

UK media attacks on Russian sports

In March, 2017, BBC aired a documentary about Russian fans who, as it claimed, look forward to taking vengeance on English fans during the 2018 World Cup for the clashes that occurred at the European Cup in Marseille in June 2016.

Furthermore, the British tabloid Daily Mirror illustrated an article last week brimming with allegations about threats to English fans from their Russian counterparts that may be in store at the 2018 World Football Cup finals with pictures taken during Shrovetide outdoor festivities in Moscow’s Izmailovo Park on February 25, 2017. The pictures showing phony fist fights were accompanied by captions describing the cruelty of Russia’s extremist football fans.

In 2010, the UK was Russia’s key competitor for the right to host the World Cup in 2018. The Russian bid won.

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