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Sports FIFA finds 'insufficient evidence' of doping by Russia's World Cup squad

20:57  22 may  2018
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FIFA has announced its investigation into anti- doping rule violations by players included in Russia ’ s 2018 World Cup provisional squad , and found “ insufficient evidence ” of cheating. The world football governing body announced their findings in a statement on Tuesday.

FIFA has found " insufficient evidence " of past doping infringements among Russia ' s provisional squad for the World Cup . Past investigations into Russian doping had highlighted football as one sport affected.

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Members of Russia's upcoming World Cup side have been cleared by FIFA after the governing body said it found "insufficient evidence" of doping within the host nation's provisional squad for the summer tournament.

"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," football's global federation said in a statement.

While those in Russia's provisional squad have been cleared, FIFA added that it will continue to investigate "several players unrelated to the FIFA World Cup," though it did not name specific athletes.

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Russia is at the centre of another doping scandal after it emerged the country’ s entire 23-man 2014 World Cup squad is being investigated by Fifa over possible drugs offences.

But for the first time, Russia ' s top-level soccer players will fall under a doping investigation—this time led by FIFA . According to a report by the Mail on Sunday today, the entire 23-man Russian squad from the 2014 World Cup will soon be under investigation

The investigation was spurred by the McLaren reports in 2016, which alleged that Russian athletes had partaken in a systematic and state-sponsored doping program. As a result, many Russian athletes were barred from participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the Russian Olympic Committee was later banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, forcing approved Russian competitors to compete under the neutral Olympic flag.

Following the conclusion of FIFA's investigation, the results were provided to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which commissioned the McLaren reports. WADA agreed with FIFA's decision to close its investigation.

Russia unveiled a 28-man provisional World Cup squad on May 11.

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