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Arsenal have denied claims by a doctor that he offered doping services in the past to over 100 sportsmen which included former Arsenal players.
The doctor Dr Mark Bonar who is in trouble for alleged malpractice in the handling of a cancer patient has claimed he provided doping services for unnamed footballers, according to the Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail cited the Sunday times as it source but added despite the doctor’s claim, the Sunday times “has no independent evidence that Dr Bonar treated any player.”
Doping which is a serious offence in football can cause a club or player (any party involved) to suffer severe punishment should they be found guilty.
Arsenal have now moved to deny those reports claiming the Doctor’s claims are “baseless”.
The club released an official statement that said: ‘Arsenal Football Club is extremely disappointed by the publication of these false claims which are without foundation. The Sunday Times knows that these allegations are baseless but has preferred to publish regardless. The club takes its responsibilities in this area very seriously and our players are well aware of what is expected. We strictly adhere to all guidelines set by the World Anti-Doping Agency.’
Chelsea and Leicester City were also named by the doctor and both clubs have also moved to deny the physician’s claims.
The UK Anti-Doping agency has now launched an investigation into the doctor’s claims and the FA has welcomed the agencies decisions.
The FA released a statement on Sunday saying: ‘These are very serious allegations. As such, The FA welcomes UK Anti- Doping’s decision to immediately launch an independent review into the matters raised by the Sunday Times.
‘The FA is fully committed to maintaining the integrity of English football and will work with UKAD and other relevant agencies in seeking to do so. The FA urges anyone with information that may be relevant to come forward as soon as possible.’
The doctor has since denied this report on Twitter but investigation has started by the relevant authorities.