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FIFA receives new data from WADA obtained from Moscow anti-doping lab

December 14, 2017, 19:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW

British weekly The Mail came up with a report at that time that FIFA was holding investigations in regard to 34 Russian footballers

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MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. World’s governing football body FIFA has received from the World Anti-Doping Agency new data about Russian footballers obtained from the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, a spokesperson for FIFA told TASS on Thursday.

The WADA’s Intelligence and Investigations Team met on Thursday in Lausanne with over 60 representatives from international sports federations, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and other Anti-Doping Organizations to share information from the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) database of the former WADA-accredited Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory.

"We can confirm that FIFA and other international federations met today with WADA and were provided information concerning new data from the Moscow laboratory obtained by WADA recently," the spokesperson told TASS.

"FIFA is expecting further information to be provided by WADA in the coming months," according to the spokesperson. "FIFA will continue its investigations, working in close collaboration with WADA and exploring every possible avenue."

"Should there be enough evidence to demonstrate an anti-doping rule violation by any athlete, FIFA will impose the appropriate sanction," FIFA’s spokesperson added.

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.

British weekly 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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