After getting banned from two UEFA-sanctioned matches, Phil Jones dragged with him his Manchester United squad over a doping issue.
Both player and team were banned and fined, respectively.
Now, United are set to lodge an appeal against a two-match European sanction imposed on Jones.
The 25-year-old defender was penalised for using “abusive language’’ towards UEFA anti-doping officials after their recent Europa League final win over Ajax.
United acted swiftly for the appeal after UEFA announced that Jones would miss the European Super Cup game against Real Madrid on August 8 and first game of the Champions League group game.
The governing body found Jones guilty of breaching anti-doping regulations following the Red Devils’ 2-0 final win in Stockholm last May 26.
UEFA said they meted the ban because Jones “insulted and directed abuse to a doping officer.
Jones, who was an unused substitute in the said match, was also fined £4,450.
The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body of UEFA also fined United £8,900 for violating their Anti-Doping Regulations.
Under the regulations, 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.’’
According to reports, Jones got angry because an anti-doping official refused to let him pose for a photo after the game in which the United players hoisted a banner in tribute to victims of the Manchester City attack last May 22.
United’s victory over Ajax happened two days after 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber following a concert by American pop singer/actress Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena.
Jones’ teammate, Daley Blind, was also charged with an anti-doping rules violation, but was only fined £4,450.
But like any other problem that comes along the way, Jones looked calm and simply shrugging off the issue as he resumed training with the Red Devils.
He arrived in his £150,000 Bentley Continental GT at their Carrington training complex and was in vibrant mood throughout.