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Russian football players tested for doping 30 times over past year, deputy PM says

December 01, 11:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Media reports earlier said that head of the German Football Association Reinhard Grindel called for tightening anti-doping control for members of the Russian national squad

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MOSCOW, December 1. /TASS/. Russian football has undergone a barrage of 30 doping tests over the past year, Russian Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Russian Football Union, Vitaly Mutko, told TASS.

Media reports earlier said that head of the German Football Association Reinhard Grindel called for tightening anti-doping control for members of the Russian national squad.

"We communicate with him. He has already elucidated to me what he meant. His remarks have been misinterpreted here. Grindel said that, if there are doubts in Russian footballers, they should either be tested for doping more often or left alone," Mutko clarified.

"This is a matter of public opinion, which has been very cunningly framed around us. Russian football has been subjected to about 30 doping tests at all levels over the past year - at the Russian championships, European cups, and various national teams. The existence of any manipulation scheme, and at the state level at that, is impossible. The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) has sent us a letter saying that the national squad was monitored after each game at the 2014 World Cup. Naturally, no violations were found," he stressed.

When asked whether FIFA demanded that the Russian Football Union provide additional information on the data contained in the report by the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chaired by Richard McLaren, Mutko said:

"We have answered all FIFA’s queries. One should realize though that the Russian Football Union is not subject to doping control. If we are asked to provide some data, we turn to either RUSADA or those international organizations that collected these samples. We have furnished everything we had been asked for, and there were no questions for us whatsoever."

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