Manchester City accept FA charge for breaching anti-doping rules
By Mark Crellin
Last Updated: 27/01/17 6:14pm
Manchester City have accepted a Football Association charge of breaching anti-doping whereabouts rules.
City were charged by the FA earlier this month following an alleged third violation of rules concerning 'club whereabouts' in the space of 12 months.
No specific details have been given but it is understood the charge is one of misconduct relating to the club in general rather than any particular individuals.
City, who could now be facing a fine, have not yet commented on the situation.
Clubs are required to keep the FA informed of the location of their players in order to facilitate drug testing.
This includes providing the times of training sessions, home addresses of players, or other addresses where the team
may stay overnight.
Rules state a breach occurs "if the information contained in such reports is either initially inaccurate or has not been updated by the club as necessary to ensure it remains accurate".
A 'three-strike' policy is operated, meaning that a charge is only triggered after three infringements in the space of a rolling one-year period.
The sanctions City will face are to be determined following a hearing in front of an independent regulatory commission, which could take place within the next fortnight.
The charge is for a breach of FA rules only and is not under the jurisdiction of the World Anti-Doping Agency or UK Anti-Doping, who do not deal with team violations.