It was announced yesterday afternoon by the English Football Association that they have charged West Ham United with a breach of Anti-Doping regulations, with regards “Club Whereabouts” rules.
The Premier League side have until next Wednesday (27 February 2018), to respond to the charge after committing a similar offence to that of Top-Flight rivals Manchester city last year who were dealt a hefty fine.
Shortly after the news broke, West Ham released this statement on their official club website addressing the matter and making it clear how they are going to deal with it.
“West Ham United have been notified of a Football Association charge in relation to The FA’s Rules on Anti-Doping, specifically Regulation 14(d).
It is alleged the Club failed to ensure its ‘Club Whereabouts’ information was accurate on three occasions within 12 months.
West Ham have until 27 February 2018 to respond to the charge.
A West Ham United spokesman said: “The breach relates to administrative oversights on The FA’s whereabouts system, for example a player’s address had been registered and the house number digits transposed, and the Club will be responding to The FA in due course. We would like to make it clear that the breach is a Club administrative matter and does not concern any of our players.”
As aforementioned, the charge does fall under “Anti-Doping” regulations but actually concerns an area called “Club Whereabouts”, this could be anything from names of players to different training schedules, all of which clubs are permitted to tell the FA.
PL clubs are liable to charges if the event occurs frequently enough, three times, within a rolling period of 12 months, something which did happen in this specific case.
It is understood by many that a “computer glitch” was the cause of the error and the subsequent breach of regulations, which West Ham are allegedly set to put to the FA when they do respond to the charge.
However, regardless of any excuses that might be made, both AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City have been given £30,000 fines for this offence in recent times.
And the East London team can expect much of the sane, if not worse given recent calls for the governing body to make these kind of penalties heavier and restrictions tighter.
Members of the Claret & Blue Army will be hoping that the breach doesn’t prove a distraction to the players and staff as they prepare to take on high-flyers Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League at the weekend.
The Hammers currently occupy 12th place in the standings and are hoping to secure safety for another season in the top division, on 30 points, they are just ten away from theoretically ensuring this.