Sunday, 3 April 2016

Premier League stars urged to take drugs test after doping scandal to prove sport is clean

EVERY Premier League footballer has been urged to take a dope test after a doctor claimed he gave performance enhancing drugs to 150 sports stars.

Dr Mark Bonar bragged to undercover reporters that he prescribed banned substances to a string of top Brit athletes.
CLAIMS: Dr Mark Bonar bragged he prescribed banned substances to a string of top athletes
CLAIMS: Dr Mark Bonar bragged he prescribed banned substances to a string of top athletes
Dr Bonar claimed his former patients included Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester City and Birmingham City stars.

Yesterday ex England striker Stan Collymore, 45, urged all players to take a test to prove the sport is clean.

WHISTLEBLOWER: Knight said clubs tried to protect players by tipping them off to dope tests
WHISTLEBLOWER: Knight said clubs tried to protect players by tipping them off to dope tests
He tweeted: “Every Premier League player should volunteer blood, hair samples and urine.” Former England Under-19 star Leon Knight, 33, said: “This doping scandal is mad.’’

Collymore added: "If football is clean, which I honestly believe it is, every club do a voluntary test Monday morning. Every player, every club. Simple."

Last month we revealed how Knight and fellow former young England star Curtis Woodhouse, 35, said clubs tried to protect players by tipping them off to dope tests.

Yesterday all four clubs named in the Sunday newspaper scoop hit back. A spokesman for Chelsea said: “Chelsea Football Club has never used the services of Dr Bonar.”

An Arsenal spokesman said the report contained “false claims which are without foundation”.

Title favourites Leicester said the allegations were “unsubstantiated”.

'PROVE IT': Stan Collymore has urged all players to take a test to prove the sport is clean
'PROVE IT': Stan Collymore has urged all players to take a test to prove the sport is clean
Birmingham City said it “has not used the services of Mark Bonar”.

Culture, Media and Sport Secretary John Whittingdale said: “Sports fans are entitled to be sure that what they are watching is true and fair with all athletes competing on a level playing field. If it becomes clear that stronger criminal sanctions are needed then we will not hesitate to act.’’

He called for an investigation into watchdog UK Anti-Doping which was allegedly given “evidence” the doctor had prescribed banned drugs two years ago.

ILLEGAL: Dr Bonar was unavailable for comment but reportedly insisted he had not breached rules
ILLEGAL: Dr Bonar was unavailable for comment but reportedly insisted he had not breached rules
UK Anti-Doping chief executive Nicole Sapstead admitted it had received allegations relating to Dr Bonar in 2014. But following an inquiry they ruled the doctor fell outside their jurisdiction.

Dr Bonar was sacked by the private Omniya Clinic in London on Friday after bosses discovered he did not have a licence to practice medicine in the UK.

Dr Bonar was unavailable for comment but reportedly insisted he had not breached GMC rules.

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