Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Premier League players named in 2010 World Cup TUEs

Premier League players named in 2010 World Cup TUEs

Fancy Bears first hacked WADA files in September previous year.

Carlos Tevez, Dirk Kuyt and Gabriel Heinze are reportedly named by hackers "Fancy Bears" as players who were allowed to use banned drugs during the 2010 World Cup.

The FA is working to discover the extent of the Fancy Bears hack which made revelations about football's anti-doping procedures.

A Therapeutic Use Exemption permits athletes to take certain substances that are normally banned by the sport's governing body; and the World anti-doping agency as well as the United Kingdom anti-doping agency maintain that stiff laws are in place to prevent any abuse of the system.

Tevez and Heinze, who both played for Argentina at the tournament, starred for Manchester United during their golden period of 2006-2008.

It does not feature directly on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)'s prohibited list, but is banned dependent on the concentration detected, and is covered in section nine of the list.

Fancy Bears also claim that 160 players failed drugs tests in 2015, and four of those failures were registered by UK Anti-Doping.

Sir Bradley Wiggins previously had to defend his medical records after his files were publicly leaked, while Mo Farah, Helen Glover and Justin Rose have all had their records released. Dr Ross Tucker, an exercise physiologist and high-performance sports science consultant, points to the high use of corticosteroids, which are given to athletes to help them breathe better yet can also be performance-enhancing.

The governing body said it was "disappointed" the information had been leaked as two of the cases are ongoing, relating to two non-league footballers.

One shows Middlesbrough's George Friend received triamcinolone through a "legitimate method", with UK Anti-Doping determining no anti-doping rule violation had occurred.

It is believed that cocaine was found in three of the players' systems, while the other tested positive for ecstasy.

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