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FIFA’s official: Zero anti-doping violations registered at 2018 World Cup in Russia

Anti-doping authorities of the world’s governing football body registered zero violations of anti-doping regulations at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

MOSCOW, June 29. /TASS/. Anti-doping authorities of the world’s governing football body, FIFA, are operating at the full capacity and registered zero violations of anti-doping regulations at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, FIFA Chief Competitions and Events Officer Colin Smith told journalists on Friday.

"We have conducted over 2,700 tests," Smith told a news conference in Moscow. "Every single player participating in the World Cup has been attested at least once. I say at least once because in many cases the average (figure) is higher."

"We have the testing of minimum of four players at every match," the FIFA official noted. "All of the samples are sent to WADA accredited laboratory in Switzerland. There has been no anti-doping infringement or violation to date."

Last week, FIFA announced in its statement that it had already conducted its own probe into allegations of doping abuse among players of the Russian national team and they turned out to be false. The organization added that its own investigation’s results had been approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Russia is staging its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of June 14.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

A total of 32 national football teams entered the 2018 FIFA World Cup and only 16 of them proceeded to the knockout phase after the group stage, which kicked off on June 14 and ended on June 28.

According to FIFA’s official statistics, the total number of fans at all stadiums during 48 matches of the group stage came to 2,178,894 people, which carries an average of 45,394 at each match.

The 48 already played matches out of all scheduled 64 games at this World Cup saw 122 scored goals (2.54 per match on the average), with the national team of Belgium scoring the most in its three group stage matches (nine goals).