(Photo) Fenerbahce file official complaint to UEFA regarding Fred failed drug test

Fenerbahçe have released a statement confirming the club has filed an official complaint to UEFA regarding Shakhtar Donetsk playing Fred in the Champions League play-off first-leg game.

The first-leg played at the Şükrü Saracoğlu stadium ended in a goalless draw but Shakhtar manager Mircae Lucescu’s decision to play Fred was court with controversy.

The official document Fenerbahçe sent to UEFA is attached below:


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The Brazil midfielder Fred failed a doping test during the Copa América in Chile earlier this summer according to ESPN.

The doping commission found diuretic hydrochlorothiazide, which is a prohibited substance that can be used as a masking agents for others in his urine sample.

Lucescu confirmed that UEFA warned Shakhtar not to play Fred but that it was just a verbal recommendation.

 “Before the game, Uefa advised us not to include him but we had not received any official documents and this was just a verbal recommendation,” he was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

“There is no specific statement on this matter for now and we are still waiting for the results of the B sample.”

The Romanian manager defied the warning and went ahead with starting Fred. The Brazilian player and Shakhtar could face punishment if the player is found guilty of a doping violation.

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