United’s Jones banned for two games by UEFA

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UEFA has banned Phil Jones for two matches and fined Daley Blind after the Manchester United duo were found guilty of breaching the governing body’s doping regulations.

Jones was found to have used “insulting and directing abusive language” towards a doping control officer when he was requested to attend a drug testing after the Europa League final in May.

He will now be forced to miss the UEFA Super Cup match against Real Madrid next week and United’s first Champions League group stage match in September.

Jones was also fined €5,000.

There is no suggestion that either player was guilty of doping. They were said to be angry because they wanted to celebrate the Europa League win with their team-mates.

United were also fined €10,000 over the actions of their players.

In a statement, UEFA said: “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’.”