• Charges relate to failure to provide correct whereabouts of players
• Bournemouth expected to face similar FA fine to Manchester City
Bournemouth have been charged by the Football Association for a breach of the organisation’s anti-doping rules.
It is understood the charge relates to Bournemouth’s failure to keep the governing body informed on the location of their players in order to facilitate drug-testing, which leads to an automatic sanction under the FA’s rules if the offence is committed three times. Two of the tests are believed to concern a member of the club’s under-21 squad who had been called up to train with the first team, who are based at a different site. The other is understood to relate to an unnamed player who failed to provide details of his new home address, which resulted in a tester turning up to his former home.
The club has until next Thursday to respond to the charge, although it appears likely that they will be handed a similar punishment to Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side were fined £35,000 on Thursday after admitting they failed to provide accurate details of training sessions and player whereabouts so they are available for testing at all times.