Dr Andrew Johnson, who previously worked for Manchester City and Bury, has been charged by the FA with breaching anti-doping rules.

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Dr Andrew Johnson’s offence allegedly involves providing ‘fraudulent information’ when requesting a Therapeutic Use Exemption for a player, basically the permission to use a prohibited medication. The substance in question is believed to be testosterone.

The offence allegedly happened while he was working for Bury at the same time as he was with City, who moved quickly to terminate their consultancy relationship with him which had spanned eight years. City have not used his services since he ws charged with breaching anti-doping rules under FA Rule E25

The doctor, who will face a hearing next year regarding the offence that is alleged to have taken place in December 2018, faces up-to a four-year ban from sport if found guilty.

The FA said: “It is alleged that the participant tampered with doping control in that he provided fraudulent information to an anti-doping organisation, namely The FA and/or UK Anti-Doping, in respect of an application for a TUE dated December 1, 2018, on behalf of a player.”

The FA have also charged:

Richard Blackburn, Deputy Groundsman, Rochdale AFC, for a breach of FA Rule E8 in respect of 23 bets placed on football matches between 08 January 2019 and 04 May 2019.

Erkan Okay, Player Assistant Manager, Soham Town Rangers FC, for a breach of FA Rule E8 in respect of 558 bets placed on football matches between 10 August 2014 to 12 August 2017.

Robbie Mason, Manager, Soham Town Rangers FC, for a breach of FA Rule E8 in respect of 240 bets placed on football matches between 09 August 2014 to 22 December 2018.

Marcus Hall, Player, Soham Town Rangers FC, for a breach of FA Rule E8 – in respect of 6,314 bets placed on football matches between 01 August 2014 to 10 September 2019.

That’s a total of 7,112 bets placed by the manager, assistant manager and a player from Soham FC, who have all admitted the charges.