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Jones and Blind pay price for breaches.

PHIL Jones has been banned and Daley Blind fined for breaching anti-doping regulations after Manchester United's Europa League final victory in May, UEFA has announced.

Defender Jones has been suspended for two matches for verbally abusing a doping control officer after being selected for testing following the match against Ajax in Stockholm on May 24.

Jones, who was also fined [euro]5,000 by the European governing body, will miss the UEFA Super Cup match against Real Madrid next week and United's first Champions League group stage game in September.

It is understood Jones was upset at having to miss out on celebrations and a squad photograph paying tribute to victims of the Manchester terrorist attack.

Blind was fined 5,000 euros for not immediately reporting for a test while United were fined 10,000 for the breaches.

There is no suggestion either player was guilty of doping.

Dutch defender Blind's punishment may have arisen from confusion.

He did celebrate with the team and feature in the photograph but did so accompanied by a chaperone.

He believed this was permitted, as it is in other competitions and he did not realise he had done anything wrong until he reached doping control.

UEFA's statement read: "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 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'.

"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).

"Daley Blind has been charged for violation and non-compliance with Article 6.05 (a) of the UEFA anti-doping regulations which states 'every player designated to undergo a doping control is responsible for reporting to the doping control station as notified'."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 1, 2017
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