FIFA has revealed that there is “insufficient evidence” to open anti-doping proceedings against any player in Russia’s World Cup squad after concluding an investigation launched following the exposure of systemic drug use in Russian sport.
Football’s world governing body on Tuesday announced an end to the investigation which followed the McLaren reports, which found state-sponsored doping in Russian sport, including football.
The world governing body said: “FIFA can today confirm that the investigations concerning all Russian players named for the provisional squad of the FIFA World Cup in Russia have been completed, with the result that insufficient evidence was found to assert an anti-doping rule violation.”
The tournament takes place in Russia next month, with the hosts playing Saudi Arabia in the opening game on June 14 in Moscow.
Investigations involving “several players” not involved in the World Cup are still ongoing, FIFA said.
FIFA says it has informed WADA of its conclusions and “WADA in turn has agreed with FIFA’s decision to close the cases.”