AFC Bournemouth have been charged with ‘failure to comply over ‘whereabouts’ rules designed to provide accurate details of training sessions and the location of players so they are available for drug testing at all times.’
While there is no evidence that any players would have failed any tests, this is the same charge that Manchester City were hit with. They were handed a paltry £35,000 fine which, let’s face it, really isn’t a deterrent to a Premier League club.
“AFC Bournemouth have been charged in relation to the FA’s rules on anti-doping,” a statement issued by the FA said.
“It is alleged the club failed to ensure that their ‘Club Whereabouts’ information was accurate.
“AFC Bournemouth have until Thursday 23rd February 2017 to respond to the charge.”
The Cherries are currently in Spain on a mid-season training break at Ciuadad Real Madrid.
Jack Wilshere travelled with the team and is expected to be involved in their next game, against West Brom on 25 February. The ankle injury he picked up against Manchester City does not look like it will cause him any long-term problems although he did appear to miss their first training session.