MOSCOW, December 22. /TASS/. FIFA will first study the data recently obtained from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) before discussing it with the Russian Football Union (RFU), a spokesperson for the world’s governing football body told TASS on Friday.
On Thursday, the RFU requested assistance with the Investigative Committee in investigations of alleged doping abuse cases in Russian football championships between 2012 and 2015.
"We can confirm that FIFA has been contacted by RFU concerning the information recently provided by WADA in relation to the Russia doping investigation," the spokesperson for FIFA said in an interview with TASS.
"FIFA is currently investigating all the data received from WADA and will get back to RFU in due course," the spokesperson added.
The WADA’s Intelligence and Investigations Team met on December 14 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.
FIFA was among the sports organizations, which were provided with new data from WADA regarding doping testing in Russia, including in football.
Last week, FIFA’s spokesperson announced to TASS that the football body received from WADA new data about Russian footballers. The data was obtained from the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory.
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.