Phil Jones to serve two European matches ban


Phil Jones has been handed a two-match ban by UEFA along with Daley Blind as the two have been found guilty of breaching the football’s  doping regulations following the Europa League final in May.

Jones received charges for verbally abusing a doping control officer when he was summoned to in Stockholm for drug testing.

The 25-year-old who’s fined €5,000 is also expected to miss out on UEFA Super Cup matches against Real Madrid and Champions League’s group stage face off in September.

Meanwhile, Jones’ team mate Blind failed to report after having been requested to attend for wanting to celebrate victory over Ajax in a match that secured Manchester United’s spot in the Champions League this season. The Dutch footballer has also been fined €5,000.

Amidst all, there is no concrete evidence that points to either player being guilty of doping, although United have also been forced to pay €10,000 as sanction to rule breaches.

In a statement released by UEFA, it said, “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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