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Doping Scandal: Leicester, Chelsea, Arsenal & Birmingham Football Clubs implicated

Dr Mark Bonar - doping scandal
Dr Mark Bonar – doping scandal

Dr Mark Bonar a British doctor has claimed that he prescribed banned performance-enhancing drugs to 150 sportsmen including several Premier League footballers.

According to Bonar, he worked with a variety of sportsmen including an England cricketer, British Tour de France cyclists, a British boxing champion, tennis players and martial arts competitors as well as footballers.

He added that in the past six years he has treated more than 150 sportsmen from the UK and abroad with banned substances such as erythropoietin (EPO), steroids and human growth hormones with amazing improvement in performance.

Dr Bonar claimed to have treated players from Leicester, Chelsea, Arsenal and Birmingham football clubs, but Leicester, Arsenal and Chelsea have said that the claims are without foundation.

The three Premier League sides released statements refuting the claims by Dr Bonar.

“Leicester City Football Club is extremely disappointed that The Sunday Times has published unsubstantiated allegations referring to players from clubs including Leicester City when, on its own admission, it has insufficient evidence to support the claims,” said a statement from the Premier League leaders.

“Leicester City follows robust and comprehensive anti-doping protocols to ensure its full compliance and that of its players with all anti-doping rules and regulations.”

Dr Bonar also claimed that a former Chelsea fitness coach Rob Brinded had collaborated with him, however Brinded categorically denies the allegation.

Chelsea Football Club said that “the claims are false and entirely without foundation,”.

“Chelsea Football Club has never used the services of Dr Bonar and has no knowledge or record of any of our players having been treated by him or using his services.

“We take the issue of performance-enhancing drugs in sport extremely seriously and comply fully with all anti-doping rules and regulations.

“Chelsea FC players are regularly and rigorously tested by the relevant authorities.’

Arsenal Football Club were also dismissive of the allegations; and added that neither the club nor any of their players have ever used the services of Dr Bonar.

“Arsenal Football Club is extremely disappointed by the publication of these false claims which are without foundation,” said their statement.

“The club takes its responsibilities in this area very seriously and our players are well aware of what is expected.”

 

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