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Doping officers constantly inspect Russian football team, coach says

November 28, 16:21 UTC+3 MOSCOW

In response to all allegations, FIFA chief said that all doping samples of Russian footballers, collected at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, tested negative for banned performance enhancing drugs

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Stanislav Cherchesov

Stanislav Cherchesov

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MOSCOW, November 28. /TASS/. Doping officers constantly come with inspection visits to the Russian national football team and they have reported no violations whatsoever, Stanislav Cherchesov, the head coach of the national football squad, told journalists on Tuesday.

"I can say about the players mentioned in media reports," Cherchesov said. "We have nothing to do with this, because doping officers come regularly to each team’s training session and they come whenever they want, at any hour of the day and collect doping samples from any player they name."

"For instance in Krasnodar, doping samples were collected from all players of the team," the head coach said. "This is why we are open and no complaints in regard to us were voiced."

Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, who headed an Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency, announced in June that Russia had a system to cover up acts of doping abuse in football. According to McLaren, a special bank with clean doping samples was allegedly in place and was used for samples’ substitution.

The Mail on Sunday came up with a report at that time that FIFA was holding investigations in regard to 34 Russian footballers, including 23 from the country’s national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

In response to all allegations, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that all doping samples of Russian footballers, collected at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, tested negative for banned performance enhancing drugs.

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