Manchester United defenders Daley Blind and Phil Jones have been found guilty of breaching UEFA’s doping regulations after the Europa League final against Ajax.

According to reports, Blind was reluctant to take a test as requested because he wanted to celebrate with his team-mates, after the 2-0 victory over Ajax in the Europa League final. He has been fined €5,000. Jones, on the other hand, was reportedly abusive towards a doping control official and has been banned for two European matches and also fined €5,000. Manchester United have been fined €10,000 for the breach of rules.

A statement from UEFA read, “The club (United) 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 aforementioned 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 lack of co-operation 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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