Premier League club AFC Bournemouth has been charged for a breach of anti-doping rules relating to “club whereabouts” information of the Football Association (FA).
In a statement, the FA said it is alleged the club failed to ensure that their ‘Club Whereabouts’ information was accurate, contrary to Regulation 14(d). Under regulation 14 of the FA regulations, clubs are required to provide on request training dates, start and finish times, where training is taking place, and overnight addresses of players. The rules stipulate it shall also be a breach of this Regulation 14 by the club 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.
Bournemouth has until February 23 to respond to the charge.
Fellow Premier League club Manchester City was fined 35,000 pounds ($A56, 000) for a similar charge. FA also issued a warning to Manchester City about their future conduct. A statement from the FA read following an independent regulatory commission hearing, Manchester City have been fined £35,000 and warned as to their future conduct after admitting a breach of the FA’s rules on anti-doping. It added that Manchester City was charged with failing to ensure their ‘club whereabouts’ information was accurate, contrary to Regulation 14(d).
The club had allegedly failed to ensure its information was accurate on three occasions. The Football Association has a ‘three strikes’ policy and the most likely punishment is a fine. The matter concerned regulations of the Football Association and not the World Anti-Doping Agency or UK Anti-Doping, who do not deal with team violations.