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FC Spartak Moskva's Russian international midfield player Yegor Titov has received a 12-month ban from all UEFA competition matches after testing positive for the banned substance bromantan.

Titov's ban, which runs until 21 January next year, means he will miss UEFA EURO 2004™. He will probably have to sit out the entire 2004 Russian league season too after UEFA asked the world governing body FIFA to extend the sanction worldwide. The 27-year-old was tested after the EURO 2004™ qualifying play-off first leg against Wales in Moscow on 15 November.


In addition to the suspension, Titov has been fined €6,400 while his club, Spartak, have received a €12,800 fine. Titov has until midnight on 26 January to appeal against UEFA's decision.


:mad: i can't believe that:(
 

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Sad news indeed.BTW, if anyone wants to know - bromantan is a drug used for cover the traces of steroids and it seems to be a popular substance in Russian sport medicine.Quite a many Russian athletes have tested positive for this drug in 90's.
 

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Andy Christ said:
Sad news indeed.BTW, if anyone wants to know - bromantan is a drug used for cover the traces of steroids and it seems to be a popular substance in Russian sport medicine.Quite a many Russian athletes have tested positive for this drug in 90's.
my Loko friend said to me in Spartak Moscow are all drugs:rolleyes: ...
damn so stupid! We will lose a great player for the European!:mad:
 

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my Loko friend said to me in Spartak Moscow are all drugs:rolleyes: ...
damn so stupid! We will lose a great player for the European!:mad:
Spartak players are known by their excellent physical shape.It is believed to be the result of notoriously tough fitness training sessions, but of course it's not impossible that doping is playing a part in it too.
 

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Bad news indeed. :depress:
 

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Wales appeal against Russia loss

UEFA has received an official appeal from the Football Association of Wales (FAW) against the UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying play-off defeat by Russia, following the positive doping test by Russia's Yegor Titov.

Titov ban
Titov tested positive for the banned substance bromantan after the first leg in Moscow on 15 November and received a 12-month ban from UEFA competition matches on Friday. The FAW has now asked the European governing body to overturn Russia's 1-0 aggregate victory by awarding Wales a 3-0 first-leg win.

FAW statement
The FAW said in a statement on its website: "The FAW in citing various UEFA Disciplinary Regulation and UEFA Regulation Governing Doping Control articles has asked UEFA to award the match to Wales with a 3-0 result."

Meeting date not set
UEFA spokesman Rob Faulkner said: "UEFA has received an appeal from the Welsh FA. It will be submitted to the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body for their review. A meeting date for this to happen has yet to be set."
 

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Pathetic appeal by the Welsh side, very sore losers indeed. :rolleyes:

Also it's crazy these things still happen in Russia, during the Soviet period it was a common thing but one would think times have at least changed a little for the better. These drugs can't possibly be good for the health of the players involved.
 

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Wales should stop crying. :rolleyes:

They had their chance to qualify like everyone else but they blew it. Plus, there's no reason why the entire Russian NT and fans should be punished for one mans wrongdoings.
 

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if Russia is kicked out of Euro for his, the Russian public will have his head.
No way, Russia will not be kicked out of Euro, Argentina was not kicked out of WC94 when Maradona tested positive, so it will not happen to Russia either...
 

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Russian ace in drug admission

RUSSIAN soccer star Yegor Titov last night admitted he HAD taken a banned stimulant against Wales in the Euro 2004 play-offs.

Titov's comments come as Uefa's disciplinary panel formally agreed to look at Wales' appeal on Tuesday to get the Russia result overturned.

It also emerged last night that Russia knew Titov had failed his test for taking bromantan way back in November, even though the bombshell news has only just come to light.

Senior FAW officials held a meeting in Brecon yesterday to discuss their strategy for making a formal protest about Titov's eligibility for those two November play-off matches.

But the bad news is Uefa have provisionally told Wales Tuesday's submissions must be made in writing.

Only if, as expected, the case goes against them, would Wales then be able to protest in person and send a high-powered delegation to Uefa's Swiss HQ in Nyon - by appealing against the decision of the appeal!

Hughes is ready to be part of that influential Welsh group, the Wales boss ready to argue to Uefa chiefs himself why he believes his players were put at an unfair disadvantage.

Titov's acknowledgement that he was guilty of taking the banned substance bromantan came just 24 hours after the Spartak Moscow ace insisted he was himself appealing against his 12-month suspension.

Uefa yesterday confirmed Titov had protested against the time-scale of his ban, but not against the failed test following the first play-off match in Moscow.

That means Titov's appeal will not affect Wales' bid to win a place at Euro 2004 at Russia's expense.

When Titov failed the test in November, he did not ask for a second sample to be tested.

A Uefa spokesman explained, "There was no 'B' sample tested, so Titov is not denying that there was a substance in the 'A' test.

"His appeal is only over the time of the suspension, which means he accepts his guilt, and that means his appeal does not impact on the one from the FA of Wales."

FAW secretary David Collins has been given the responsibility of putting together the detailed written document Wales will be sending to Uefa.

"Everything else will be put on the backburner for the next few days. This Russian issue, quite understandably, takes precedence over anything," said Collins.

"If we can only submit a written appeal for the time being, so be it. We have to abide by UefA protocol. I'm awaiting for official confirmation about this from Uefa in the morning.

"But if Uefa say 'no' to our appeal, written or not, we would look at the situation again, re-evaluate and send a delegation out to Switzerland.

"Yes, that delegation would probably include the national team manager. We will spend the next few days speaking to our normal legal and medical people to put together as strong a case as we possibly can.

"We will be looking at precedents from the Olympics, where individuals have failed tests and, as a result, the team they have represented have been stripped of medals."
 

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Is it really possible that team's result would be overturned because one player failed a doping test? I can't remember that happening in football. It is very unlikely that Russia would lose their EURO2004 place because of this incident
 

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Andy Christ said:
Is it really possible that team's result would be overturned because one player failed a doping test? I can't remember that happening in football. It is very unlikely that Russia would lose their EURO2004 place because of this incident
if will happen i can hate Uefa 4 ever:yuck: ...i'm sure if they find Del Piero of Raul or Zidane drugs..... they do nothing!:D


....:yuck:
 

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UEFA rejects Wales complaint
Tuesday, 03 February 2004

The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has today rejected the complaint by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) to have the UEFA EURO 2004™ play-off second leg against Russia, held on 19 November last year in Cardiff, declared as irregular and thus a forfeit.

Positive doping test
The FAW submitted its complaint regarding the regularity of this match, won 1-0 by Russia, on the grounds that Russian midfield player Yegor Titov was ineligible to play due to his positive doping test after the first leg, held in Moscow on 15 November.

Failure to provide evidence
In reviewing the case the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body made reference to the FAW's failure to provide evidence that the player was under the influence of a prohibited substance in the second-leg match.

Team is not liable
In addition, and according to UEFA regulations in the case of a doping offence, the punishment only applies to the player himself and not to the team. This is further backed up by the World Anti-Doping Code which states that in the event of one member testing positive for a prohibitive substance in team sports it is the individual and not the team that is liable.

Appeal possible
The decision of the Control and Disciplinary Body may be appealed against, as UEFA's disciplinary regulations allow. The FAW has until midnight (CET) on Friday 6 February to appeal.
 

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Disappointed Wales boss Mark Hughes has criticised UEFA for not making a clear stand against drug cheats in football.

Now Wales have until midnight on Friday to decide whether to lodge a further appeal, following yesterday's hearing in Switzerland.

Hughes said: "Obviously I am disappointed, now we will have to look at the judgement to see where we go from here.

"I had hoped they would have taken the opportunity to send a message to everybody in our sport, but they have not taken that opportunity, rightly or wrong, wrongly in my view."

FA of Wales secretary general David Collins said: "We will now sit down with our committee and legal experts to decide what to do next.

"We are extremely disappointed but we have an avenue to appeal."

....how boring.....:yuck:
 

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Spartak Moscow have withdrawn their appeal against the one-year suspension Uefa have slapped on Yegor Titov for failing a drugs test.

The Russian international midfielder has been banned from all competitive games by Uefa for 12 months after testing positive for the banned substance bromontan.

The 27-year-old's test was taken after the first leg of Russia's Euro 2004 play-off with Wales - which they eventually won to book their place in the finals in Portugal.

Spartak had appealed to Uefa against the ban, which started on January 21, but have now withdrawn that appeal and have accepted the action.

That means that the €12,800 fine the club have been handed will stand and they must do without Titov for 12 months.
 
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