Premier League clubs and players are being caught up in British sport’s doping scandal today.
The Sunday Times report they have spoken to a British doctor, Dr Mark Bonar, who claims to have doped 150 sports stars, including a number of footballers from the Premier League.
It is not yet clear whether any players in question from the named clubs are still playing or not, nor whether the claims from the doctor are indeed true.
The culture secretary, John Whittingdale, has ordered an inquiry into the taxpayer-funded UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) watchdog, which was given evidence about the doctor’s doping activities two years ago, but failed to take any action to stop him.
The report states:
“Bonar claims he has treated Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester City and Birmingham City players.
“Despite Bonar’s claims, The Sunday Times has no independent evidence that he treated the players.
“There is no evidence the clubs were aware of Bonar’s relationship with any players or drug use by them.”