Three Premier League clubs have denied “false” doping allegations made by the Sunday Times newspaper.
The paper claims Mark Bonar – a London-based private doctor – prescribed performance-enhancing drugs to over 150 British athletes, including Premier League footballers.
Arsenal said they were “extremely disappointed” by the publication of the claims, “which are without foundation”.
Chelsea and Leicester also released statements denying the allegations.
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Chelsea said the club “has never used the services of Dr Bonar and has no knowledge or record of any of our players having been treated by him or using his services”.
Leicester said: “We are extremely disappointed that The Sunday Times has published unsubstantiated allegations referring to players from clubs including Leicester City when, on its own admission, it has insufficient evidence to support the claims.”
The newspaper says it has secretly filmed Bonar claiming he has prescribed drugs such as EPO, steroids and human growth hormone to elite sports professionals from the UK and abroad over the past six years, including:
several Premier League footballersan England cricket internationalBritish cycliststennis players
The Sunday Times says it has no independent evidence Bonar treated the players.
Bonar told the Sunday Times he treated the athletes for medical reasons and not to enhance their performance. There is no suggestion the substances were illegal.
More to follow.
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