Premier League: Manchester City charged by FA for breach of anti-doping procedures

Manchester City have been charged by the Football Association with breaching its anti-doping procedures, the governing body said on Wednesday.

The FA said the issue referred to rules concerning "club whereabouts" – English clubs are required to provide the correct details of training sessions, as well as player addresses, so that they are available for drug testing at all times.

 Premier League: Manchester City charged by FA for breach of anti-doping procedures

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Reuters

City would likely face a fine if found guilty rather than a more severe sanction.

The charge concerns the club rather than any particular individual and the BBC reported that City's information was not updated following a change to training routines.

"Manchester City have been charged in relation to the FA's rules on anti-doping," an FA statement read.

"It is alleged the club failed to ensure that their 'Club Whereabouts' information was accurate."

City have until January 19 to respond to the charge.

The matter concerns a breach of FA rules only and is not under the jurisdiction of the World Anti-Doping Agency, which has no provision for team violations in its code, or UK Anti-Doping.

City are currently fourth in the Premier League, seven points behind leaders Chelsea, and take on Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola's side won 5-0 at West Ham in the FA Cup third round on Friday.

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Updated Date: Jan 12, 2017 14:40:02 IST