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UEFA Fine Man United, Ban Jones, Blind Over Doping Offences

UEFA Fine Man United, Ban Jones, Blind Over Doping Offences

The Union of European Football Association (UEFA) have fined Manchester United with breaching the body's anti-doping rules in their Europa League 2-0 final win over Ajax in May.

Also, United defender Phil Jones has been banned for two matches and also fined. Jones' United teammate Daley Blind was also fined.

The punishment was announced on Monday by UEFA on their website.

Jones was understood to have been verbally abusive towards a doping control officer after he was requested to attend drug-testing after the final. While Blind was reluctant to take a test as requested because he wanted to celebrate with his team-mates.

For breaching UEFA's anti-doping rules, United was fined €10,000, Jones was handed a two-match ban and fined €5,000 while Blind also got fined €5,000.

Jones will now miss the UEFA Super Cup match against Real Madrid next week and United's first Champions League group stage match in September.

A statement by UEFA reads: "The club has been charged for infringements of the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations (ADR) concerning the doping control procedure. In particular, according to Appendix B (17) of the afore-mentioned regulations, “the teams are responsible for ensuring that the players drawn to undergo doping controls are taken by the respective team representatives to the doping control station straight from the pitch as soon as the match is over. This applies even when chaperones are appointed by UEFA”.

"The player Philip Jones has been charged for insulting and directing abusive language towards the Doping Control Officer (Article 15 (1) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations), as well as for a lack of cooperation and respect towards the doping control procedure (Article 6.05 ADR).

"The player Daley Blind has been charged for violation and non-compliance with Article 6.05 (a) of the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations, which states that “every player designated to undergo as doping control is personally responsible for reporting immediately to the doping control station as notified”.

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