Jones & Blind charged by UEFA over doping violations after EL final. Jones banned for 2 games, Blind...?
DM wrote:Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been banned for two matches after he verbally abused officials at a drugs test following the club’s Europa League Final victory.
The defender, 25, will miss the Super Cup Final against Real Madrid and United’s first Champions League match. Jones was an unused substitute in the May final, a 2-0 victory over Ajax.
Sportsmail understands Jones gave blood and urine samples but expressed frustration to officials after he missed a dressing room photoshoot aimed at honouring the victims of the Manchester terror attack as a result.
Jones was also fined £4475 along with team mate Daley Blind, who was accompanied by a UEFA chaperone to the photoshoot, but was charged with not immediately reporting the doping control station.
United themselves were fined £8951. Jones was charged for insulting and directing abusive language towards the Doping Control Officer, as well as for a lack of cooperation and respect towards the doping control procedure’.
Fellow defender Blind was charged for ‘violation and non-compliance with Article 6.05 (a) of the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations, which states that ‘every player designated to undergo as doping control is personally responsible for reporting immediately to the doping control station as notified’.
The rest of the squad, including Blind, posed for a photo to honour victims of the Manchester terror attack holding a banner which read: 'Manchester - A City United #PrayForManchester'.
The ban means Jones will be unavailable for United's European Super Cup final against Champions League holders Real Madrid, which takes place on August 8 in Skopje, Macedonia at the 33,000-capacity Philip II Arena.
He will also miss United's first match of the Champions League campaign, with their opponents yet to be determined. United have declined to comment on the ban.