UEFA Has given Phil Jones a two-match ban and fined Daley Blind after the Manchester United players were found guilty of breaching the governing body’s doping regulations following the Europa League final in May.
Jones was charged for “insulting and directing abusive language” towards a doping control officer after he was asked to take a drug test following the final. He will now miss the team’s UEFA Super Cup match against Real Madrid next week and then the team’s first Champions League group stage match in September. He was also given a €5,000 fine.
It is thought that Blind was reluctant to take the test as he wanted to celebrate with his teammates after they defeated Ajax 2-0 to ensure qualification for this year’s Champions League. He was also given a €5,000 fine. In addition the club was given a €10,000 fine.
Manchester United has three days to appeal against the decision but have not made their intentions public.
It means that Jose Mourinho has even fewer defensive options in Europe after UEFA gave Eric Bailly and additional two-match ban for his red card against Celta Vigo in the Europa League. He missed the competition’s final but must also miss the Super Cup and the opening Champions League game.
UEFA released a statement in which they said that Manchester United has been charged for infringements of the anti-doping regulations.
“In particular, according to Appendix B (17) of the aforementioned regulations, ‘the teams are responsible for ensuring that the players drawn to undergo doping controls are taken by the respective team representatives to the doping control station straight from the pitch as soon as the match is over. This applies even when chaperones are appointed by UEFA’.”