FIFA Media Advisory

Update on the investigations following the McLaren reports
2018-05-22



Update on the investigations following the McLaren reports




Following the publication of
the McLaren reports, FIFA launched investigations into possible anti-doping
rule violations by football players, prioritising high-level players against whom
a suspicion had been raised, in particular those who might participate in the
2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia.
FIFA can today confirm that
the investigations concerning all Russian players named for the provisional
squad of the FIFA World Cup™ in Russia have been completed, with the result
that insufficient evidence was found to assert an anti-doping rule violation. FIFA
has informed the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) of its conclusions, and WADA
in turn has agreed with FIFA’s decision to close the cases.
FIFA’s investigations
included the following:
An assessment
of all information and evidence contained in the McLaren report, with the
support of scientific and legal experts.Contact was
made with Professor McLaren to obtain further details from him and discuss the
approach that FIFA should take.Samples
taken by FIFA and the confederations that had been stored at WADA-accredited
laboratories of all players mentioned in the McLaren reports and high-level
players, were re-analysed for prohibited substances, and all results were
negative.Samples
seized by WADA from the Moscow laboratory and stored at the Lausanne laboratory
were re-analysed for prohibited substances. All results were negative.Samples
seized by WADA from the Moscow laboratory and stored at the Lausanne laboratory
were subjected to forensic analysis (for scratches/marks and abnormal salt
levels). For this process, FIFA applied the methodology recommended by WADA and
used by the International Olympic Committee. None of the samples analysed
showed marks that were typical of tampering and the urine did not show any
suspect salt values.Questions were
sent to Dr Grigory Rodchenkov and his answers assessed with the support of
scientific and legal experts.The Laboratory
Information Management System data of the Moscow laboratory provided by WADA was
assessed with the support of scientific and legal experts.Target
tests of players: FIFA performed several unannounced targeted doping controls
in the process of the investigations and the Russian squad has been one of the
most tested teams prior to the FIFA World Cup™.In accordance with the FIFA
Anti-Doping Regulations and the World Anti-Doping Code, FIFA cannot provide any
names of individuals involved in the investigations. Investigations of several
players unrelated to the FIFA World Cup™ are still ongoing and FIFA will
continue to work on these cases in cooperation with WADA. Further updates will
be provided in due course.

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