Manchester City have been charged under The FA’s Rules on Anti-Doping, according to a statement put out by the Football Association on Wednesday, giving the club until January 19th to respond to the charge.
The statement says The Blues have been charged for violation of Regulation 14 of the anti-doping rules, on ‘Club Whereabouts’. Specifically, it is reported they have failed to follow part (d) of the regulation, which makes it a violation to either give inaccurate information initially or to fail to ensure it stays up to date.
It doesn’t appear that City are suspected of doping, but are still likely to face some punishment by the FA if they are found to be in violation of the Rules on Anti-Doping.
That punishment should range from a reprimand or a fine to having to play matches behind closed doors, according to the Regulations for Football Association Disciplinary Control, but The Blues will be hopeful of getting off lightly.
City currently sit fourth in the Premier League, having won five of their last six matches, and look to be recovering their season after a poor run of form. They return to Premier League action this weekend following last Friday’s demolition of West Ham United at the London Stadium.